Pancreatic Cancer: Low 5-year Survival Rates
Lack of effective treatments and often late detection of pancreatic cancer result in low survival rates. Early-stage patients have a 27% chance to be alive after five years. In patients with metastatic disease, the 5-year survival drops to 2% .
Pancreatic Cancer Disease Burden
Although pancreatic cancer only accounts for 3% of all cancers, its mortality rates are relatively higher.
Pancreatic cancer mortality accounts for 7% of all cancer-related deaths in the U.S. .
Cases of pancreatic cancer
In 2016, it is estimated 27,670 men will have pancreatic cancer and 21,450 U.S. men will die from the disease.
In U.S. women, these numbers are 25,400 pancreatic cancer cases and 20,330 deaths respectively .
Deaths due to pancreatic cancer
Americans have a 1.9% lifetime chance of developing pancreatic cancer. One in 53 U.S. citizens will suffer from this disease in a lifetime .
Risk: Men vs. Women
Men are 1.3 times more likely to develop pancreatic cancer. They are also 1.3 times as likely to die from the disease .
What are the risk factors for Pancreatic Cancer?
Risk factors are factors which are known to increase the lifetime chance of developing a disease or condition [2, 3].
The following factors are known to increase the risk of pancreatic cancer:
- Being of African-American descent;
- Chronic inflammation of the pancreas (chronic pancreatitis);
- Having a family member with pancreatic cancer;
- Certain genetic syndromes within the family:
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- Diseases and Conditions Pancreatic cancer. (2016, November 5). Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pancreatic-cancer/basics/risk-factors/con-20028153
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