Pancreatic Cancer Statistics

Pancreatic cancer has the worst survival rate of all cancers

5-year survival is only 3%. This figure has not changed in over 40 years

These figures are the  latest available statistics on pancreatic cancer (at the time of publication). Because the reporting system for incidence varies with the cancer registries across the countries of the United Kingdom and for mortality published by the ONS, there is usually a delay of approximately 18 months for the collation of incidence and of 12 months for the collation of mortality figures. This is why we, in 2013, are citing figures from 2010.



  1. ONS Cancer Statistics Registrations England (Series MB1 – No 41 2010) Released 13 June 2012  
  2. CRUK The 20 Most Common Causes of Cancer Death: 2010   
  3. Total UK 2010 mortality divided by 365 days = 21.7 per day 
  4. CRUK The 20 Most Common Causes of Cancer Death: 2010  
  5. NCRI CRD Data Package 2011 – available to download online  
  6. Ghaneh et al., (2008) Neoadjuvant and adjuvant strategies for pancreatic cancer EJSO 34 297-305  
  7. NCIN (2012) Routes to Diagnosis 2006-2008, England Information Supplement  
  8. Spalding and Williamson (2007) Pancreatic Cancer, Medicine Vol 35, pp 325-329  
  9. CRUK the 20 most common cancers in the UK 2009 data are available to download online  statistics-for-common-cancers  

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Information Product No. PCA0032 | Published: 24/10/2012 | Last Updated: 27/03/2013 | Next Review Due: 27/03/2016