The Alarming Rise of Pancreatic Cancer Deaths in the U.S.

In August 2012, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network prepared a report outlining predictions for changes in cancer incidence and deaths in the coming years. That report served as a starting point for a more in-depth analysis that was published in May 2014 in the peer-reviewed biomedical journal Cancer Research.

The main message of the Cancer Research paper is that pancreatic cancer is predicted to become the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States around 2020. In addition, the paper reports that the projected top four cancer killers by 2030 will be lung, pancreatic, liver and colorectal.

The earlier report, entitled The Alarming Rise of Pancreatic Cancer Deaths in the United States: Why We Need to Stem the Tide Today, has been archived. This report, printed and distributed by the organization, was based on older data, and the methodology has been changed slightly to provide the most accurate predictions. The archived report can be found here.

The full text of the newer report, called Projecting Cancer Incidence and Deaths to 2030: The Unexpected Burden of Thyroid, Liver, and Pancreas Cancers in the United States, can be found here.