Pancreatic Cancer Facts
The 5-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer have risen to a record high, 7.9%, in the UK. Though it may seem small, after almost five decades without a meaningful increase in survival, we are beginning to see a slow but positive trend upwards.
10 years ago, when Pancreatic Cancer Action was founded, survival was around 3% and had not increased in years. We are beginning to make inroads into the disease, so more people can survive for longer.
However, pancreatic cancer still has the lowest 5-year survival rate of all the 22 most common cancers. this is largely due to late diagnosis.
Why should I know about pancreatic cancer?
- Twenty six people are newly diagnosed with the disease each day.
- For those diagnosed in time for surgery, their chances of surviving beyond five years increases by up to 30%. Knowing the signs and symptoms means you can act on any concerns you might have, sooner.
- Almost half of all patients are diagnosed as an emergency in A&E, where it is more likely that the cancer has already spread to other parts of the body.
- Pancreatic cancer can affect any adult. It occurs equally in men and women.
- The disease receives less than 3% of cancer research funding.
- Pancreatic cancer is the UK’s 5th biggest cancer killer.
- In most cases, it can develop unexpectedly with no family connections to the disease.
Pancreatic Cancer Action’s vision is a day when more people survive pancreatic cancer but we can’t do this alone. We thank you for you support! x
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Information Product No. PCA0062v2 | Published: 15/10/2019 | Last Updated: 02/04/2020 | Next Review Due: 15/10/2022