Pancreatic cancer statistics

Cases

New cases of pancreatic cancer, 2014-2016 average, UK

Deaths

Deaths from pancreatic cancer, 2016, UK

Survival

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

Prevention

Preventable cases of pancreatic cancer, UK

  • There are around 10,000 new pancreatic cancer cases in the UK every year, that's 27 every day (2014-2016).
  • Pancreatic cancer is the 11th most common cancer in the UK, accounting for 3% of all new cancer cases (2016).
  • In females in the UK, pancreatic cancer is the 9th most common cancer, with around 4,900 new cases in 2016.
  • In males in the UK, pancreatic cancer is the 12th most common cancer, with around 5,200 new cases in 2016.
  • Incidence rates for pancreatic cancer in the UK are highest in people aged 85 to 89 (2014-2016).
  • Since the early 1990s, pancreatic cancer incidence rates have increased by almost a sixth (16%) in the UK. Rates in females have increased by around a sixth (18%), and rates in males have increased by around a tenth (11%).
  • Over the last decade, pancreatic cancer incidence rates have increased by a tenth (10%) in the UK. Rates in males have increased by a tenth (10%), and rates in females have increased by a tenth (10%).
  • Around 8 in 10 pancreatic cancer cases are diagnosed at a late stage in England (2014) Scotland (2014).
  • Incidence rates for pancreatic cancer are projected to rise by 6% in the UK between 2014 and 2035, to 21 cases per 100,000 people by 2035.
  • Pancreatic cancer in England is more common in people living in the most deprived areas.
  • Pancreatic cancer is more common in White and Black people than in Asian people.
  • An estimated 6,600 people who had previously been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer were alive in the UK at the end of 2010.

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  • There are around 9,000 pancreatic cancer deaths in the UK every year, that's 25 every day (2014-2016).
  • Pancreatic cancer is the 6th most common cause of cancer death in the UK, accounting for 6% of all cancer deaths (2016).
  • In males in the UK, pancreatic cancer is the 5th most common cause of cancer death, with around 4,700 deaths in 2016.
  • In females in the UK, pancreatic cancer is the 5th most common cause of cancer death, with around 4,500 deaths in 2016.
  • Mortality rates for pancreatic cancer in the UK are highest in people aged 85 to 89 (2014-2016).
  • Since the early 1970s, pancreatic cancer mortality rates have remained stable in the UK. Rates in males have decreased by around a seventh (13%), and rates in females have increased by around a tenth (11%).
  • Over the last decade, pancreatic cancer mortality rates have increased by around a twentieth (6%) in the UK. Rates in males have increased by around a twentieth (6%), and rates in females have increased by around a twentieth (6%).
  • Mortality rates for pancreatic cancer are projected to fall by 3% in the UK between 2014 and 2035, to 17 deaths per 100,000 people by 2035
  • Pancreatic cancer deaths in England are more common in people living in the most deprived areas.

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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 in England is higher for people diagnosed aged under 50 years old (2009-2013).
  • More than 3 in 20 men and around a quarter of women in England diagnosed with pancreatic cancer aged 15-49 survive their disease for five years or more, compared with only 2% of people diagnosed aged 80 and over (2009-2013).
  • 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%.
  • Five-year relative survival for pancreatic cancer in men is below the European average in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • Five-year relative survival for pancreatic cancer in women is below the European average in England but similar to the European average in Wales.

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  • A person’s risk of developing cancer depends on many factors, including age, genetics, and exposure to risk factors (including some potentially avoidable lifestyle factors).
  • 1 in 53 UK males and 1 in 57 UK females will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in their lifetime.
  • 31% of pancreatic cancer cases in the UK are preventable.

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  • 'Emergency presentation' is the most common route to diagnosing 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.
  • 10% of patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer have surgery to remove the tumour as part of their primary cancer treatment.
  • 5% of patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer have radiotherapy as part of their primary cancer treatment.
  • 28% of patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer have chemotherapy as part of their primary cancer treatment.

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