Pancreatic cancer statistics

Pancreatic cancer is the 12th most common cancer worldwide

Pancreatic cancer is the 12th most commonly occurring cancer in men and the 11th most commonly occurring cancer in women. There were 460,000 new cases in 2018. The top 20 countries with the highest rates of pancreatic cancer in 2018 are given in the tables below.

The Continuous Update Project Panel judged there is strong evidence that greater body fatness and greater adult attained height increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. There is some evidence that consuming red meat, processed meat, alcoholic drinks, foods containing saturated fatty acids and foods and drinks containing fructose might increase the risk of pancreatic cancer.

> Read about all the evidence in our Third Expert Report.

Age-standardised rates are used in the tables. This is a summary measure of the rate of disease that a population would have if it had a standard age structure. Standardisation is necessary when comparing populations that differ with respect to age because age has a powerful influence on the risk of dying from cancer.

Pancreatic cancer rates: both sexes

Hungary had the highest rate of pancreatic cancer in 2018, followed by Uruguay.

RankCountryAge-standardised rate per 100,000
1Hungary10.8
2Uruguay10.7
3Moldova10.5
3Latvia10.3
5Japan9.7
6Slovakia9.6
7Estonia9.2
8Czech Republic9.0
9=Armenia8.9
9=France (metropolitan)8.9
11Serbia8.8
12=Austria8.7
12=Belgium8.7
14New Caledonia (France)8.6
15Bulgaria8.4
16=Germany8.3
16=Malta8.3
18Slovenia8.2
19=Bosnia & Herzegovina8.0
19=Croatia8.0
19=French Guiana8.0

Pancreatic cancer rates in men

Latvia and Moldova had the highest rates of pancreatic cancer in men in 2018.

RankCountryAge-standardised rate per 100,000
1=Latvia15.3
1=Moldova15.3
3Estonia14.2
4Hungary12.9
5Uruguay12.0
6Slovakia11.9
7Japan11.7
8Armenia11.5
9Bulgaria11.4
10Czech Republic11.1
11France (metropolitan)10.8
12=Belarus10.5
12=Serbia10.5
14Ukraine10.1
15Croatia10.0
16=Slovenia9.9
16=Macedonia9.9
18Singapore9.8
19=Lithuania9.7
19=Malta9.7

Pancreatic cancer rates in women

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) had the highest rate of pancreatic cancer in women in 2018, followed by Uruguay.

RankCountryAge-standardised rate per 100,000
1UAE10.1
2Uruguay9.6
2Hungary9.1
4New Caledonia (France)8.1
5=Austria7.9
5=Belgium7.9
7Japan7.7
8Slovakia7.6
9Germany7.4
10Samoa7.3
11=Czech Republic7.2
11=Serbia7.2
13France (metropolitan)7.1
14=Denmark7.0
14=Finland7.0
14=French Guiana7.0
17=Armenia6.9
17=Brunei6.9
17=Malta6.9
17=Sweden6.9
The data quoted on these webpages come from the Global Cancer Observatory, owned by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), and are used with permission. The incidence statistics for 2018 are projections calculated from cancer registry data collected before 2018. Full information on the methods used by IARC is available here.
Source: Bray F, Ferlay J, Soerjomataram I, Siegel RL, Torre LA, Jemal A. Global Cancer Statistics 2018: GLOBOCAN estimates of incidence and mortality worldwide for 36 cancers in 185 countries. CA Cancer J Clin, in press. The online GLOBOCAN 2018 database is accessible at http://gco.iarc.fr/, as part of IARC’s Global Cancer Observatory.