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Pancreatic Cancer 

About pancreatic cancer

  • Less than seven per cent of people with pancreatic cancer will survive beyond 5 years in the UK. 

(Source: ONS)

  • Five year survival for pancreatic cancer has improved very little since the early 1970s. 

  • One person dies of pancreatic cancer every hour. Around 8,924 people die every year of the disease in the UK.

  • At least 60 per cent of people with pancreatic cancer are not diagnosed until the cancer is at an advanced stage.

  • Surgery is the only treatment which could save lives, yet less than ten per cent of people with pancreatic cancer have it. 

  • Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival of all the 20 common cancers.

  • Around 10,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer per year in the UK. That’s 27 people every day.

  • Pancreatic cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death in the UK.

(Source: Cancer Research UK)

  • Pancreatic cancer research has historically been underfunded. The disease attracts just 2.1 per cent of the UK cancer research budget!

Get Help

About Pancreatic Cancer UK:


Pancreatic Cancer UK is taking on pancreatic cancer through research, support and campaigning to transform the future for people affected. 

  • We provide expert, personalised support and information via our Support Line (Freephone 0808 801 0707) and through a range of publications.

  • We fund innovative research to find the breakthroughs that will change how we understand, diagnose and treat pancreatic cancer.

  • We campaign for change; for better care, treatment and research, and for pancreatic cancer to have the recognition it needs.

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