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Key Messages for the medical community:

Pancreatic cancer has one of the highest incident-to-mortality ratio for any disease.

In 2011, 8,773 people were newly diagnosed in the UK and in the same year, 8320 people died (approx. 23 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 4-5 years and most patients have a delay in diagnosis.2

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.

Footnotes:

  1. NCIN Routes to Diagnosis report, September 2012. 
  2. NICE (2005) Referal for Suspected Cancer. A Clinical Practice Guideline.