Fast Facts from the WHA Information Center: November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

November 03, 2017

Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3 percent of all cancers in the U.S., and about 7 percent of cancer deaths.

According to the WHA Information Center, there were 1,740 inpatient admissions and 18,523 outpatient visits to Wisconsin hospitals in 2016, for the primary treatment or evaluation of pancreatic cancer.

The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for pancreatic cancer in the United States for 2017 are:

•     About 53,670 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

•     About 43,090 people will die of pancreatic cancer.

•     The average lifetime risk of developing pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 65 (1.5 percent).

Some risk factors for pancreatic cancer include tobacco use, being overweight or obese and workplace exposure to certain chemicals.

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Data provided by the WHA Information Center (WHAIC). WHAIC is dedicated to collecting, analyzing and disseminating complete, accurate and timely data and reports about charges, utilization, quality and efficiency provided by Wisconsin hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and other health care providers.

This story originally appeared in the November 03, 2017 edition of WHA Newsletter