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How common is pancreatic cancer?

The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for pancreatic cancer in the United States for 2016 are:

  • About 53,070 people (27,670 men and 25,400 women) will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
  • About 41,780 people (21,450 men and 20,330 women) will die of pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers in the US and about 7% of 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 the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Statistics Center for more key statistics.

Last Medical Review: 03/14/2016
Last Revised: 04/05/2016