Pancreatic cancer in Inverclyde

Tragically, pancreatic cancer took the lives of 169 people in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board area during 2015. It is clear that much more work is needed to deliver the kind of change which we must see for people affected, and to achieve the improvements in survival so desperately needed.

This year, 9,600 people in the UK will receive a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. I want to encourage everyone in Inverclyde to join me in getting on Purple Alert this November, to help change the future for everyone affected by the disease.

  • Less than 7% of people with pancreatic cancer will survive beyond 5 years in the UK. Source: ONS, full data here
  • Five year survival for pancreatic cancer has improved very little since the early 1970s.
  • One person dies of pancreatic cancer every hour. Around 8,800 people die every year of the disease in the UK.
  • 80 per cent of people with pancreatic cancer are not diagnosed until the cancer is at an advanced stage.
  • Surgery is the only treatment which could save lives, yet only eight per cent of people with pancreatic cancer have it.
  • Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival of all the 20 common cancers.
  • Around 9,600 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer per year in the UK. That’s 26 people every day.
  • Pancreatic cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death in the UK Source: Cancer Research UK
  • Pancreatic cancer research has historically been underfunded. The disease attracts just 1.9 per cent of the UK cancer research budget. Source: NCRI 2015/2016