Pancreatic Cancer Facts and Figures

Pancreatic Cancer Facts and Figures

  • Pancreatic cancer has the #1 fatality rate of all cancers.
  • Five-year survival rates approach 29.3% if the cancer is found/diagnosed in the localized stage (confined to its primary site).  Some tumors can be surgically removed while they are still small and have not spread to the lymph nodes.  9.4% of tumors are diagnosed at the localized stage.
  • Only 7.7% of patients will survive beyond 5 years.
  • Pancreatic cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States among both men and women. Statistics have worsened, since 2011 when pancreas cancer ranked 4th.
  • There is no reliable screening for early detection for pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic Cancer is treatable when caught early; the vast majority of cases are not diagnosed until too late.
  • There are no symptoms or early warning signs. Symptoms are often vague and easily confused with other diseases. Pancreatic cancer is almost always diagnosed after it has spread and is no longer curable.
  • Approximately 53,070 (up 28.4% from 38,000 in 2011) people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year in the United States and approximately 41,780 (up 18.6% from 34,000 in 2011) will die from pancreatic cancer within that same year.
  • Despite the high mortality rate, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) spends very little on pancreatic cancer research.
  • NIH Spending Statistics: 2015 $174M, 3.2% of NIH Cancer Research budget of $5.4B
  •                                               2016 Estimated, $181M, 3.2% of NIH Cancer Research budget of $5.7B
  •                                               2017 Estimated, $181M, 2.8% of NIH Cancer Research budget of $6.3B
  • Pancreatic cancer does not discriminate by age, gender or race.
  • Just as we inherit our hair color and eye color from our parents, so too is it clear that some people inherit an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
  • The average life expectancy after diagnosis of metastatic disease is three to six months.

Statistics provided by Johns Hopkins University Department of Pathology Pancreas Cancer website. http://pathology.jhu.edu/pancreas/


Pancreatic Cancer has taken the lives of so many – Here are a few names you may recognize:

Ryan Buell – 30-year-old “Paranormal State” star

Bonnie Franklin – (September 2012 announced recently diagnosed)

Aretha Franklin (diagnosed 2010 and surviving today)

Steve Jobs

Patrick Swayze

Luciano Pavarati

Michael Landon

Randy Pausch

Gene Upshaw – NFL Union and Director of Players Association

Michael Houser, Guitarist – Widespread Panic

Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Supreme Court Justice

Donna Reid

Jack Benny

Joan Crawford

Count Basie (Jazz musician)

Sally Ride – 1st female astronaut – 2012

Dizzie Gillespie (jazz)

Fred Gwynne (Herman Munster)

Charlie Louvin – Country Western singer

Ben Gazzara (actor 2012)

Benjamin Orr – Former bassist and singer of the Cars

Myles Brand – NCAA president

Chuck Daly – Coach for the Detroit Pistons

Darrel Akerfelds – Padres Bullpen Coach died of pancreatic cancer – age 50

Greg Willard – NBA Referee –– recently diagnosed

Jim Brock – Arizona State Basketball Coach – Barry Bonds coach