Pancreatic cancer preventability statistics

Pancreatic cancer is the tenth most common cancer in the UK.

Pancreatic cancer incidence

In 2013, 9,389 cases of pancreatic cancer were diagnosed. Of these cancer cases, 4,706 were in men and 4,683 were in women.

Pancreatic cancer mortality

Pancreatic cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death in the UK. In 2013, there were 8,524 deaths from pancreatic cancer. Of these deaths, 4,234 were men and 4,290 were women.

Proportion preventable

Smoking is a risk factor for pancreatic cancer. But scientists also estimate the following proportion of pancreatic cancer cases could be prevented in the UK through healthy changes:

Lifestyle factor Increase or decrease risk? Approximate % preventable
Body fatness Increase 15

The evidence shows that excess fat around the waist probably increases the risk of pancreatic cancer.

Find out more about preventability estimates or, for more detailed information, download appendix A of our policy report.


The figures come from the following sources: incidence for EnglandWalesScotland and Northern Ireland; mortality for England and WalesScotland and Northern Ireland.