Learn about Pancreatic Cancer

Deep down inside you is a modest little organ that you have probably heard very little about. However the impact it can have on your life is extreme.

It is your Pancreas.

It is such a critical part of your digestive system it is near impossible to live without it.

And when it comes to Cancer, your Pancreas is the last place you want to find it.

The Pancreas
Your Pancreas is situated deep inside your chest, within your ribcage, behind your stomach. It produces all the insulin and many of the digestive juices you need to process food and stay alive.

Pancreatic Cancer
Like all other organs, your Pancreas can develop cancer. Unfortunately Pancreatic Cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of all cancers.

This is because it is almost impossible to detect early. Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer is also very difficult due to its location and way in which the Cancer structure forms.

Pancreatic Cancer facts

  • The five year survival rate for Pancreatic Cancer is only 9.8%, and this has barely improved in 40 years. This compares to survival rates of 92% in Prostate Cancer and 90% in Breast Cancer.

  • This year the same number of Australians will die of Pancreatic Cancer as Breast Cancer.

  • Median life expectancy after diagnosis is less than 12 months for four out of every five patients diagnosed.
  • During 1982 - 2007 40,547 new cases were diagnosed, resulting in 39,323 deaths.

  • The average five years survival rate of all cancers combined has risen from 46.9% to 66.1% (2006 - 2010), however Pancreatic Cancer survival rates rose only 2.2%, from 3.0% to 5.2%.

  • A person is more likely to die of Pancreatic Cancer in Australia than from a road accident.

  • The Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation is the only Foundation in Australia exclusively dedicated to Pancreatic Cancer.

The above statistics are why we exist, and why we are driven to achieve our vision:

‘To break through 40 years of no progress by doubling the number of people who survive pancreatic cancer by 2020’



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