We have lots of resources for medical professionals on pancreatic cancer including two e-learning modules, GP seminars, videos of medical seminars and GP consultations, published reports, our patient information publications and awareness materials to order.
Key Messages for the medical community:
- Pancreatic cancer affects men and women equally
- 35% of patients are under the age of 65
- The majority of pancreatic cancer patients experience a delay in diagnosis with nearly half of patients presenting as emergencies.
- Only 12% of patients are diagnosed through the two-week referral system (NCIN Routes to Diagnosis report, 2014.)
- Painless jaundice and/or new onset dyspepsia demand an urgent diagnosis at any age
- Most pancreatic cancer patients require a contrast-enhanced CT scan for diagnosis
Pancreatic cancer has one of the highest incident-to-mortality ratio for any disease.
In 2013, 9,389 people were newly diagnosed in the UK and in the same year, 8,524 people died (approx. 24 people per day) for more in-depth information, see our pancreatic cancer statistics page
Every GP in the UK will see a new patient with pancreatic cancer at least every 3 years and most patients have a delay in diagnosis.1
The average-size GP practice will see on average one case of pancreatic cancer per year.
It is vital therefore that clinicians are reappraised of the symptoms of pancreatic cancer in order to save lives.
NICE (2015) Referal for Suspected Cancer. A Clinical Practice Guideline. ↩