Pancreatic Cancer Overview

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How many people get pancreatic cancer?

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

  • About 46,420 new cases of pancreatic cancer
  • About 39,590 deaths from pancreatic cancer

Rates of pancreatic cancer have been slowly going up since about the year 2000.

The lifetime risk of having pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 78. It is about the same for both men and women. A person’s risk may be changed by certain risk factors (listed in the section, “What are the risk factors for pancreatic cancer?”).


Last Medical Review: 02/15/2013
Last Revised: 02/03/2014