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Pancreatic Cancer Statistics

When it comes to pancreatic cancer, statistics can help offer a better understanding of the disease and its impact. Based on statistics from 1998 to 2002, the median age at diagnosis was 72, and the median age at death was 73. Other statistics indicate that the overall five-year relative survival rate with pancreatic cancer for 1995 to 2001 was 4.6 percent.

Pancreatic Cancer Statistics: 2006 Estimates

In 2006, the American Cancer Society (ACS) predicted that 33,730 Americans (17,150 men and 16,580 women) would be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; the ACS also estimated that 32,300 American men and women would die of the disease in 2006.
 

Age-at-Diagnosis Figures

During 1998 to 2002, the median age at pancreatic cancer diagnosis was 72. The percentages of people diagnosed with the disease based on age were as follows:
 
  • 0.1 percent were diagnosed under age 20
  • 0.5 percent were diagnosed between 20 and 34
  • 2.7 percent were diagnosed between 35 and 44
  • 9.8 percent were diagnosed between 45 and 54
  • 17.5 percent were diagnosed between 55 and 64
  • 27.9 percent were diagnosed between 65 and 74
  • 29.4 percent were diagnosed between 75 and 84
  • 12.2 percent were diagnosed at 85 years of age or older.
 

Statistics on Mortality Rates With Pancreatic Cancer

From 1998 to 2002, the median age at death from pancreatic cancer was 73 years. The percentages of people who died from pancreatic cancer based on age were as follows:
 
  • 0.0 percent died under age 20
  • 0.2 percent died between 20 and 34
  • 2.0 percent died between 35 and 44
  • 8.0 percent died between 45 and 54
  • 16.2 percent died between 55 and 64
  • 27.9 percent died between 65 and 74
  • 31.5 percent died between 75 and 84
  • 14.3 percent died at 85 years of age or older.
 
(Click Mortality of Pancreatic Cancer for more information.)
 
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