PANCREATIC CANCER INFORMATION

FACTS ABOUT PANCREATIC CANCER

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  • Pancreatic cancer occurs when a malignant tumour forms in the pancreas.

  • In Northern Ireland approximately 260 people are diagnosed each year.

  • In the whole of the UK, approximately 10,000 people are newly diagnosed each year.​

  • Pancreatic cancer affects men and women equally with incidence increasing from the age of 45.

  • The average age for men at diagnosis is 72, women is 74.

  • From 2009-2013  cases among males  increased by 29.9% from an annual average of 107 cases in to139 cases in 2014-2018. 

  • From  2009-2013  cases among females increased by 6.0% from an annual average of 116 cases in to123 cases in 2014-2018.

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  • Survival from pancreatic cancer is strongly related to age at diagnosis with five-year survival decreasing as age increases.  

  • Five-year net survival ranged from 13.8% among patients aged 15-54 at diagnosis to 1.7% among those aged 75 and over.

  • Five-year net survival among pancreatic cancer patients aged 75 and over was 1.1% for men and 2.1% for women.

  • At the end of 2018, there were 289 people (Males: 162; Females: 127) living with pancreatic cancer who had been diagnosed with the disease during 1994-2018. Of these, 56.1% were male, 57.4% were aged 70 and over, and 43.9% had been diagnosed in the previous year.

  • For further information & statistics see Northern Ireland Cancer Registry website Here

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SYMPTOMS

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SYMPTOMS OF PANCREATIC CANCER

Yellowing of the skin or eyes

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  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes

  • Pain on eating / fullness

  • Upper abdominal pain

  • Mid-back pain - can radiate to stomach

  • Indigestion not responding to prescribed medicine

  • Pale and smelly stools that don’t flush easily

  • Fatigue

  • Diabetes - new onset not associated with weight gain

  • Unexplained weight loss and loss of appetite

  • Low mood or depression