In the UK, almost 10,000 people are newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year. Worldwide there are around 338,000 new cases each year, in Europe that figure is more than 104,000. Pancreatic cancer affects men and women equally with incidence increasing from the age of 45. The average age at diagnosis is 72.
Our mission is to improve the survival rates of pancreatic cancer by ensuring more people are diagnosed early and in time for surgery – currently the only potential cure – and improve the quality of life of patients. Our vision is a day when everyone is diagnosed early and survives pancreatic cancer.
Early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is important because if it can be diagnosed and treated at an early stage, before the tumour has spread or grown too large, then survival rates for patients are significantly better. Every day 26 people die from pancreatic cancer.
Public awareness of pancreatic cancer is very low with half of all patients having not heard of the disease before their own diagnosis.
This is why it is one of our key aims to improve this so more people recognise the symptoms they or a loved on may have and go to the doctors sooner.