Pancreatic cancer statistics

Pancreatic cancer is the 12th most common cancer in the world (joint position with kidney cancer), with 338,000 new cases diagnosed in 2012

The early stages of this cancer do not usually produce symptoms, so the disease is generally advanced when it is diagnosed. The estimated five-year prevalence of people in the world living with pancreatic cancer is 4.1 per 100,000. This cancer is almost always fatal, and is the seventh most common cause of death from cancer.

The Continuous Update Project Panel of independent scientists judged that there was convincing evidence that greater body fatness is a cause of pancreatic cancer and that developmental factors (marked by adult attained height) are a probable cause of this cancer.

Pancreatic cancer incidence

The countries with the top 20 highest incidence of pancreatic cancer in 2012 are given in the tables below.

Both sexes

  • Czech Republic had the highest rate of pancreatic cancer in 2012, followed by Slovakia and Armenia.
  • About 55 per cent of pancreatic cancer cases occurred in more developed countries.
  • The highest incidence of pancreatic cancer was in Northern America and Europe; and the lowest incidence in Africa and Asia.
Rank Country Age-Standardised Rate per 100,000 (World)
1 Czech Republic 9.7
2 Slovakia 9.4
3 Armenia 9.3
3 Hungary 9.3
5 Slovenia 8.8
6 Finland 8.7
7 Japan 8.5
7 Denmark 8.5
9 Austria 8.2
10 Latvia 8.1
10 Malta 8.1
10 French Guyana 8.1
10 Republic of Moldova 8.1
14 Bulgaria 8.0
15 Romania 7.9
15 Germany 7.9
17 Macedonia 7.7
17 Uruguay 7.7
19 Israel 7.6
20 US 7.5

Source: Ferlay J, Soerjomataram I, Ervik M, Dikshit R, Eser S, Mathers C, Rebelo M, Parkin DM, Forman D, Bray, F. GLOBOCAN 2012 v1.1, Cancer Incidence and Mortality Worldwide: IARC CancerBase No. 11 [Internet]. Lyon, France: International Agency for Research on Cancer; 2014. Available from: http://globocan.iarc.fr, accessed on 16/01/2015.

Men

  • Armenia had the highest rate of pancreatic cancer in 2012, followed by Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  • About 53 per cent of pancreatic cancer cases occurred in more developed countries.
  • The highest incidence of pancreatic cancer was in Northern America and Europe; and the lowest incidence in Africa and Asia.
Rank Country Age-Standardised Rate per 100,000 (World)
1 Armenia 11.9
1 Czech Republic 11.9
3 Slovakia 11.5
3 Macedonia 11.5
3 Hungary 11.5
6 Latvia 10.8
7 Japan 10.6
7 Lithuania 10.6
9 Bulgaria 10.4
10 Romania 10.3
11 Estonia 10.2
12 Malta 10.0
13 Finland 9.9
14 Republic of Moldova 9.8
15 Slovenia 9.7
15 Austria 9.7
17 Kazakhstan 9.5
18 Denmark 9.4
19 Uruguay 9.2
20 Germany 8.9
20 Israel 8.9
20 Croatia 8.9

Source: Ferlay J, Soerjomataram I, Ervik M, Dikshit R, Eser S, Mathers C, Rebelo M, Parkin DM, Forman D, Bray, F. GLOBOCAN 2012 v1.1, Cancer Incidence and Mortality Worldwide: IARC CancerBase No. 11 [Internet]. Lyon, France: International Agency for Research on Cancer; 2014. Available from: http://globocan.iarc.fr, accessed on 16/01/2015.

Women

  • Czech Republic had the highest rate of pancreatic cancer in 2012, followed by the Slovenia and Slovakia.
  • About 58 per cent of pancreatic cancer cases occurred in more developed countries.
  • The highest incidence of pancreatic cancer is in Northern America and Europe; and the lowest incidence in Africa and Asia.
Rank Country Age-Standardised Rate per 100,000 (World)
1 Czech Republic 7.9
2 Slovenia 7.8
2 Slovakia 7.8
4 Denmark 7.7
5 Finland 7.6
6 Hungary 7.4
7 Armenia 7.3
8 French Guyana 7.0
9 Germany 6.9
9 Austria 6.9
11 Belize 6.7
11 Japan 6.7
13 Republic of Moldova 6.6
13 Malta 6.6
13 Israel 6.6
13 Norway 6.6
17 US 6.5
18 Uruguay 6.4
19 Latvia 6.2
20 Switzerland 6.0
20 Bulgaria 6.0

Source: Ferlay J, Soerjomataram I, Ervik M, Dikshit R, Eser S, Mathers C, Rebelo M, Parkin DM, Forman D, Bray, F. GLOBOCAN 2012 v1.1, Cancer Incidence and Mortality Worldwide: IARC CancerBase No. 11 [Internet]. Lyon, France: International Agency for Research on Cancer; 2014. Available from: http://globocan.iarc.fr, accessed on 16/01/2015.