Key Statistics for Pancreatic Cancer

How common is pancreatic cancer?

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for pancreatic cancer in the United States for 2017 are:

  • About 53,670 people (27,970 men and 25,700 women) will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
  • About 43,090 people (22,300 men and 20,790 women) will die of pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers in the US and about 7% of all cancer deaths.

Lifetime risk of pancreatic cancer

The average lifetime risk of pancreatic cancer for both men and women is about 1 in 65 (1.5%). But each person’s chances of getting this cancer can be affected by certain risk factors.

For statistics related to survival, see Pancreatic cancer survival rates by stage.

Visit our Cancer Statistics Center for more key statistics.

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Last Medical Review: March 14, 2016 Last Revised: January 6, 2017

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