Pancreatic Cancer Facts

About survival

The 5-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer has 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.

In 2010, 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-eight 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 only 3.1% 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.

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Information Product № PCA0062v2 Published 15/10/2019
Last Updated 07/10/2021 Next Review Due 15/10/2022