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 2015:

  • About 48,960 people (24,840 men and 24,120 women) will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
  • About 40,560 people (20,710 men and 19,850 women) will die of pancreatic cancer

Rates of pancreatic cancer have been fairly stable over the past several years.

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: 01/09/2015