Descriptive Epidemiology

Worldwide, there were approximately 230 000 pancreatic cancer cases and a similar number of deaths due to pancreatic cancer in 2002. Pancreatic cancer is the fifth and sixth most common cause of cancer death in men and women, respectively, in most Western countries. The incidence of pancreatic cancer has declined slightly, with an average annual change of -0.04%, from 1975 to 1998 in the United States, presumably as a result of smoking cessation. In contrast, the incidences in Japan and European countries are increasing.

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