[Epidemiology of pancreatic cancer]

Bull Cancer. 2018 Jan;105(1):63-69. doi: 10.1016/j.bulcan.2017.11.004. Epub 2017 Dec 19.
[Article in French]


Actually, pancreatic cancer is a major challenge in digestive oncology. Its prognosis remains very poor with a five-year net survival less than 10%. Although if pancreatic cancer incidence was low, data from French digestive cancer registries show a dramatic increase in recent years, more marked in women (annual variation of +3.6% between 1982 and 2012) than in men (+2.3%). The currently recognized risk factors like tobacco or obesity cannot explain this evolving epidemiology. Moreover, progress in understanding pancreatic carcinogenesis is still insufficient. Except for familial aggregation, systematic screening couldn't be proposed.

Keywords: Cancer du pancréas; Epidemiology; Incidence; Pancreatic cancer; Survie; Survival; Épidémiologie.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • France / epidemiology
  • Global Health / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Obesity / complications
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / etiology
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / mortality
  • Prognosis
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Distribution
  • Sex Factors
  • Smoking / adverse effects