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 2015 are:

  • About 48,960 new cases of pancreatic cancer
  • About 40,560 deaths from pancreatic cancer

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

The lifetime risk of having pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 67. 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: 08/01/2014
Last Revised: 01/09/2015