Fast Facts from the WHA Information Center

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

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Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3 percent of all cancers in the US, and about 7 percent of cancer deaths.

According to the WHA Information Center, there were 1,740 inpatient admissions and 18,523 outpatient visits to Wisconsin hospitals in 2016, for the primary treatment or evaluation of pancreatic cancer. 

The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for pancreatic cancer in the United States for 2017 are:

  • About 53,670 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
  • About 43,090 people will die of pancreatic cancer.
  • The average lifetime risk of developing pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 65 (1.5%).


Some risk factors for pancreatic cancer include tobacco use, being overweight, obesity and workplace exposure to certain chemicals.

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