Some people use statistics to try to figure out their chances of getting cancer or of making a full recovery. It is important to remember that this data shows what happens with large groups of people. Because no two people are alike, you can’t use this data to know or predict what will happen to you.
These are the 2014 statistics about pancreatic cancer, from the American Cancer Society:
About 46,000 Americans will be told they have pancreatic cancer this year, making it the tenth most common cancer diagnosis.
Smokers are 2 to 3 times as likely as nonsmokers to get pancreatic cancer.
An estimated 39,590 Americans will die of pancreatic cancer this year, making it the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in both men and women.
Pancreatic cancer has a high mortality: while it is the tenth most common cancer, it is the fourth leading cause of cancer death. Only 6% of people with pancreatic cancer are alive 5 years after being diagnosed.