Pancreatic Cancer

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What Is Pancreatic Cancer? TOPICS

What are the key statistics about pancreatic cancer?

The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for pancreatic cancer in the United States are for 2014:

  • About 46,420 people (23,530 men and 22,890 women) will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
  • About 39,590 people (20,170 men and 19,420 women) will die of pancreatic cancer

Rates of pancreatic cancer have been increasing slightly over the past decade or so.

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

The average lifetime risk of developing pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 67 (1.5%). A person’s risk may be altered by certain risk factors (listed in the next section).

For statistics related to survival, see the section “Pancreatic cancer survival by stage.”

Last Medical Review: 06/11/2014
Last Revised: 06/11/2014