Startling Pancreatic Cancer Statistics
Right to the point. Being diagnosed with any type of cancer is devastating. But few realize that cancer of the pancreas is the most lethal with poorest prognosis of survival. The following compares the estimated annual statistics for new cases and projected death rates in the US versus other more well-known cancer types. For example, although breast cancer has over 5 times the annual diagnosed cases of pancreatic cancer, the number annual deaths are comparable as reflected below.
Comparative of Well-Known Cancers versus Pancreatic Cancer
The following 2014 annual statistics are sourced from the National Cancer Institute.
Breast Cancer: 232,000+ New Cases with 40,000+ Deaths
Prostate Cancer. 233,000+ New Cases with 29,000+ Deaths
Lung, Bronchus Cancer. 224,000+ New Cases with 159,00+ Deaths
Colon and Rectal Cancer. 136,000+ New Cases with 50,000+ Deaths
Melanoma Cancer. 76,000+ New Cases with 9,700+ Deaths
Pancreatic Cancer. 46,000+ New Cases with 39,000+ Deaths
More Pancreatic Cancer Statistics
Lifetime Risk of developing pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 67 people.
Over 46,000 will be diagnosed each year and over 39,000 will die each year
Cancer of the pancreas has the highest mortality rate of all cancers.
Average life expectancy after diagnosis at metastatic stage is 3 to 6 months.
Over 74% will not survive one-year from time of diagnosis.
About 94% of patients will die within 5 years of diagnosis.
Men have a slightly higher likelihood of development of pancreatic cancer versus women.
African American have a highest incidence rate among all racial groups.
Asians have the lowest incidence rate among all racial groups.
Early symptoms of pancreas cancer are very vague and do not demonstrate noticeable concern until the cancer has spread beyond the pancreas when treatment is difficult and long term survival is remote.
Only 9% of cases are diagnosed while the tumor is confined to the pancreas. In those cases the 5 year survival rates is almost 26% versus about 6% discovered at all stages. The 5 year survival rate when discovered at distant stages is only 2.3%.
Pancreatic cancer has the largest cancer death rate primarily due to difficulty of early detection when it is most treatable.
Risk of getting pancreatic cancer advances with age. Almost 90% are over 55 years-old. Although the average age at diagnosis is 71, the number of younger people being diagnosed is increasing.
The Seena Magowitz Foundation Mission
Little advancement against pancreatic cancer has been made in several decades in part because so few dollars are committed to pancreatic cancer research. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) only spent $105 Million which represented just 1.8% of a $5.8 Billion cancer research budget in 2012. Without greater funding, pancreatic cancer research will continue lagging well behind the significant advancements in other types of cancer. Seena Magowitz Foundation intends to create a ground-swell of grass-roots fundraising to help quicken the pace of scientific medical discovery and broaden awareness to this dreadful disease.
The mission is multidimensional. To inform the unknowing of the realities so they can take steps to lessen risk factors. To drive a higher level of self-advocacy and diligence. And to continue fundraising research focused upon methods of early detection, extension of quality life, and ultimately prevention and a cure.