The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) was the first organization dedicated to fighting pancreatic cancer in a comprehensive way, and for more than two decades, we’ve grown a nationwide movement tackling the disease from all angles. Our mission is to take bold action to improve the lives of everyone impacted by pancreatic cancer by advancing scientific research, building community, sharing knowledge, and advocating for patients.
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Current Facts and Figures*
9 Percent Survival Rate
Pancreatic cancer has the lowest five-year survival rate of any major cancer, at only 9 percent.
Third Leading Cause of Cancer-Related Death in the U.S.
Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, and it is anticipated to become the second around 2020.
Kills More Individuals than Breast Cancer
More patients will die from pancreatic cancer than breast cancer in 2018.
*American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2018. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2018, SEER-9 database
Pancreatic Cancer Fact Sheet
Public Figures Affected
Top Cancer Mortalities by State
Meet Julie Fleshman, PanCAN’s President & CEO
Julie Fleshman, JD, MBA, serves as president and CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), a 140-employee organization with a budget of more than $38 million. She became involved in the nonprofit shortly after its founding in 1999 – and soon after her father died from pancreatic cancer at age 52. Read her biography
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Attend PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer, or an affiliate meeting near you to learn more about the work we do for the pancreatic cancer community.Find Local Events