Pancreatic cancer action urged

A charity says late diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is leading to too many deaths in Wales.

Charity urges action on pancreatic cancer

Around 520 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in Wales every year. Credit: PA

The charity Pancreatic Cancer UK is calling on governments to urgently address the issue of late diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

It claims 50% of cases are diagnosed late compared to 5% of breast cancers and 10% of prostate cancers. As a result survival rates stand at around 4% a situation which has seen no improvement over 40 years.

Pancreatic cancer is set to overtake breast cancer as 4th most common cancer in the UK.

Around 520 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in Wales every year - which leads to 452 deaths. It has the lowest survival rate of any of the 21 most common cancers.

Survival rates stand at around 4% - a situation which has seen no improvement over 40 years. Credit: Pancreatic Cancer UK

As part of its campaign, the charity has published a report 'Every Life Matters' in which they are calling on the Government to:

Commit to halve diagnoses of pancreatic cancer as a result of emergency presentation - with a short term three-year target of reducing this by 10% and an audit to establish how many cases might be avoided in the future

Welsh Govt: 'Cancer survival rates are up'

The number of people in Wales surviving cancer has increased, which is good news. However, there is variation in the rates of survival for different types of cancer, an inconsistency we are addressing through the action set out in our Cancer Delivery Plan.

Rapid assessment and the best possible diagnosis is key to improving someone's chances of surviving cancer. We expect all health boards to understand and address the root causes of late diagnoses, whether the issues are public awareness or timely access to diagnostic tests."**

– Welsh Government spokesperson

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