Pancreatic cancer will become the fourth deadliest form in Britain by 2026 because late diagnoses rules out life-saving surgery for many
Pancreatic cancer:Pancreatic cancer is set to become one of the biggest cancer killers in the next decade, experts warn.
By 2026, it is predicted that 11,279 people will die every year from the disease in Britain alone – a 28 per cent increase from 2014.
This will make pancreatic cancer the fourth biggest cancer killer after lung, bowel and prostate cancers, according to Pancreatic Cancer UK.
A lack of medical breakthroughs means most patients are being diagnosed too late to receive life-saving surgery.
As a result, only 8 per cent of sufferers are told they have the deadly cancer in time to undergo the procedure.
Symptoms are often vague in the early stages, leaving many to only seek medical advice when they have back pain or unexpectedly lose weight.
If the cancer is caught early enough for surgery, up to a quarter people will live for five years or more.
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But if it has spread to nearby tissues, many don’t make it past the six-month mark, figures suggest.
In its most advanced stages, when the cancer has spread to another organ or part of the body, survival is as low as two to six months.
Around 10,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year in the UK, but that figure is five times as high in the US.