Pancreatic cancer is the eighth most common cancer in Europe, yet knowledge of the disease is alarmingly low.
One and five year survival rates for pancreatic cancer are lower than all other digestive cancers. Symptoms can often be hard to identify, making it difficult to diagnose early and in time for surgery.
View further information and gain expert opinion on pancreatic cancer below. All information is taken from the UEG Survey of Digestive Health Across Europe, unless otherwise stated.
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- There were 78,654 new cases of pancreatic cancer in the EU in 2012
- The incidence rate of pancreatic cancer is 15.6 per 100,000 of the population
- For men, the incidence rate is 16.2 per 100,000 of the population
- For women, the incidence rate is 15.1 per 100,000 of the population
- Incidence among men appears to be highest in Eastern Europe, including Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Latvia
- Incidence among men is lowest in Sweden, Cyprus, Portugal and Belgium
- Incidence among women is highest in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Denmark
- Incidence among women is lowest in Cyprus, Portugal, Sweden and Greece
- Across the EU between 2000 and 2012, one year survival rates for pancreatic cancer were 23%
- Across the EU between 2000 and 2012, five year survival rates for pancreatic cancer were 6%
- These one and five year survival rates are the worst of all gastrointestinal cancers (includes pancreatic, oesophageal, gastric, colorectal, liver and gallbladder cancer)
- Signs of jaundice
- Abdominal pain
- Mid-back pain
- New onset diabetes
- Unexplained weight loss
- Change in bowel habits (diarrhoea and steatorrhoea)
- Deep vain thrombosis
- Family history
- Heavy alcohol consumption