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Pancreatic Cancer will become 4th Deadliest Form in Britain by 2026 Because of Late Diagnosis

Published on 15 February 2017 back to previous

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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