Pancreatic cancer statistics

Cases

New cases of pancreatic cancer, 2012, UK

Deaths

Deaths from pancreatic cancer, 2012, UK

Survival

Survive pancreatic cancer for 10 or more years, 2010-11, England and Wales

Prevention

Preventable cases of pancreatic cancer, UK

  • Pancreatic cancer accounts for 3% of all new cases in the UK (2012).
  • Pancreatic cancer is the tenth most common cancer in the UK.
  • There were around 8,900 new cases of pancreatic cancer in the UK in 2012, that’s around 24 people every day.
  • In men, pancreatic cancer is the 13th most common cancer in the UK, with 4,500 cases diagnosed in 2012.
  • In women, pancreatic cancer is the ninth most common cancer in the UK, with around 4,400 cases diagnosed in 2012.
  • Almost half (47%) of all new cases of pancreatic cancer occur in people aged 75 and over.
  • Since the late-1970s, pancreatic cancer incidence rates in men have decreased by more than a tenth (13%) in Great Britain.
  • Since the late-1970s, pancreatic cancer incidence rates in women have increased by a tenth (10%) in Great Britain.
  • Over the last decade, pancreatic cancer incidence rates have increased by almost a tenth (8%) in the UK.
  • 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.
  • 1 in 71 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer during their lifetime.

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  • 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.

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  • Only 1% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in England and Wales survive their disease for ten years or more (2010-11).
  • Less than 5 in 100 (3%) of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in England and Wales survive their disease for five years or more (2010-11).
  • Around a fifth (21%) of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in England and Wales survive their disease for one year or more (2010-11).
  • Pancreatic cancer survival is similar in men than women.
  • Pancreatic cancer survival is highest for people diagnosed aged under 50 years old.
  • Less than a fifth of men and a quarter of women diagnosed aged 15-49 survive their disease for five years or more, compared with less than 5 in 100 of people diagnosed aged 80 and over.
  • Pancreatic cancer survival has not shown much improvement in the last 40 years in the UK.
  • In the 1970s, 1% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survived their disease beyond ten years, now it's still 1%.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.
  • Almost a tenth of pancreatic cancer patients receive major surgical resection as part of their cancer treatment.
  • Almost 9 in 10 patients had a ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ patient experience.
  • Almost 9 in 10 patients are given the name of their Clinical Nurse Specialist.

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The latest statistics available for pancreatic cancer in the UK are; incidence 2012, mortality 2012 and survival 2010-2011.

The ICD code Open a glossary item for pancreatic cancer is ICD-10 C25.

European Age-Standardised Rates were calculated using the 1976 European Standard Population (ESP) unless otherwise stated as calculated with ESP2013. ASRs calculated with ESP2013 are not comparable with ASRs calculated with ESP1976.

Lifetime risk estimates were calculated using incidence, mortality, population and all-cause mortality data for 2012.

Survival statistics give an overall picture of survival and (unless otherwise stated) include all adults (15-99) diagnosed, at all ages, stages Open a glossary item and co-morbidities Open a glossary item. The survival time experienced by an individual patient may be much higher or lower, depending on specific patient and tumour characteristics.

Meta-analyses Open a glossary item and systematic reviews Open a glossary item are cited where available, as they provide the best overview of all available research and most take study quality into account. Individual case-control and cohort studies Open a glossary item are reported where such aggregated data are lacking.

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.

Cancer surgical resection rates data is for patients diagnosed in England between 2006 and 2010.

Patient Experience data is for adult patients in England with a primary diagnosis of cancer, who were in active treatment between September and November 2013 and who completed a survey in 2014.

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