Facts About Pancreatic Cancer

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

  • In 2012, an estimated 43,920 in the United States will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and 37,390 will die of the disease, according to the National Library of Medicine. About 1,580 of those deaths will be in Illinois.
  • Tremendous strides in cancer treatment over the past 30 years have increased survivability rates for many kinds of cancer. The survivability rate for pancreatic cancer, however, has remained virtually flat over the past three decades, according to the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • 74 percent of those who are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer die within a year, according to the National Library of Medicine.
  • 95 percent of those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will not be alive in five years, according to the National Library of Medicine.
  • Treatment in the early stages of the disease are more frequently successful, but generally, by the time symptoms appear that result in a diagnosis, the disease has progressed too far to hope for a cure.
  • For help, visit the Pancreative Cancer Action Network.


  • St. Charles Observes Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month


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