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Pancreatic Cancer Statistics

Statistics on Survival Rates

Survival rates can be calculated by different methods for different purposes. The pancreatic cancer survival rates presented here are based on the relative survival rate. The relative survival rate measures the survival of cancer patients in comparison to the general population to estimate the effect of cancer.
The overall five-year relative survival rate for 1995 to 2001 was 4.6 percent. The five-year relative pancreatic cancer survival rates by race and sex were:
  • 4.7 percent for white men
  • 4.2 percent for white women
  • 2.9 percent for black men
  • 5.6 percent for black women.

Statistics on the Impact of Stage

The stages of pancreatic cancer play a role in a person's pancreatic cancer prognosis. Based on historical data:
  • Seven percent of cases are diagnosed while the cancer is still confined to the primary site (localized stage)
  • Twenty-six percent of cases are diagnosed after the pancreatic cancer has spread to regional lymph nodes or directly beyond the primary site
  • Fifty-two percent of cases are diagnosed after the cancer has already metastasized (distant stage)
  • Fourteen percent of pancreatic cancer cases had staging information that was unknown.
The corresponding five-year relative survival rates were:
  • Localized: 16.4 percent
  • Regional: 7.0 percent
  • Distant: 1.8 percent
  • Unstaged: 4.3 percent.

What Is a Person's Lifetime Risk for Pancreatic Cancer?

Based on rates from 2000 to 2002, 1.27 percent of men and women (or 1 in 79 men and women) born today will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at some point during their lifetime. These statistics are called the lifetime risk of developing cancer.
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