- Pancreatic cancer is the tenth most common cancer in the UK.
- Around 8,800 people were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011 in the UK, that’s 24 people every day.
- Pancreatic cancer is the thirteenth most common cancer in men and the ninth most common in women.
- Almost half of all new cases of pancreatic cancer occur in people aged 75 and over.
- Pancreatic cancer rates for men declined slightly between the late 1970s and early 2000s, and since then have increased again slightly.
- Pancreatic cancer rates for women increased from the mid-1970s to late 1980s, then decreased until the late 1990s, and have since increased again.
- In Europe, around 104,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer were estimated to have been diagnosed in 2012. The UK incidence rate is eighth lowest in Europe for males and 20th highest for females.
- Worldwide, around 338,000 people were estimated to have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012, with incidence rates varying across the world.
Pancreatic cancer statistics
New cases of pancreatic cancer, 2011, UK
Deaths from pancreatic cancer, 2012, UK
Survive pancreatic cancer for 10 or more years, 2010-11, England and Wales
Preventable cases of pancreatic cancer, UK
- Pancreatic cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death in the UK.
- Around 8,700 people in the UK died from pancreatic cancer in 2012, that's nearly 24 people every day.
- Pancreatic cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death in men in the UK with around 4,300 deaths in 2012.
- Around 4,400 women in the UK died from pancreatic cancer in 2012, making it the fourth most common cause of cancer death in women.
- Almost half of all deaths from pancreatic cancer occur in people aged 75 years and over.
- In Europe, more than 104,000 people were estimated to have died from pancreatic cancer in 2012. The UK mortality rate is fifth lowest in Europe for males and 17th lowest for females.
- Worldwide, more than 330,000 people were estimated to have died from pancreatic cancer in 2012, with mortality rates varying across the world.
- Overall, pancreatic cancer has a poor prognosis. By the time someone has symptoms, goes to their doctor and is diagnosed, the disease is very often quite advanced.
- Five- and ten-year survival for pancreatic cancer has improved very little since the early 1970s.
- Pancreatic cancer survival is higher for patients diagnosed at a younger age.
- Around 3% of pancreatic cancer patients survive the disease for five years or more.
- 37% of pancreatic cancer cases each year in the UK are linked to major lifestyle and other risk factors.
- A person’s risk of developing pancreatic cancer depends on many factors, including age, genetics, and exposure to risk factors (including some potentially avoidable lifestyle factors).
- Smoking is the main avoidable risk factor for pancreatic cancer, linked to an estimated 29% of pancreatic cancer cases in the UK.
- An estimated 37% of pancreatic cancers in the UK are linked to lifestyle factors including smoking, and overweight and obesity (12%).
- Smokeless tobacco causes pancreatic cancer.
- Physical activity, fruits, and foods containing folate may relate to lower pancreatic cancer risk, but evidence is unclear.
- Alcohol, red meat, ionising radiation, and certain medical conditions and infections may relate to higher pancreatic cancer risk, but evidence is unclear.
- Emergency presentation is the most common route to diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
- ‘Two-week wait’ standards are met by all countries, ‘31-day wait’ is met by all but Northern Ireland, and ‘62-day wait’ is not met by any country for upper gastrointestinal cancers.
The latest statistics available for pancreatic cancer in the UK are; incidence 2011, mortality 2012 and survival 2010-2011.
Survival statistics give an overall picture of survival and (unless otherwise stated) include all adults (15-99) diagnosed, at all ages,
Routes to diagnosis statistics were calculated from cases of cancer registered in England which were diagnosed in 2006-2010.
Cancer waiting times statistics are for patients who entered the health care system within financial year 2014-15. Pancreatic cancer is part of the group 'Upper Gastrointestinal cancer' for cancer waiting times data. Codes vary per country but broadly include: oesophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, other and unspecified parts of biliary tract, pancreas, secondary cancers of liver, intrahepatic bile duct and duodenum.
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