June's Charity is Pancreatic Cancer Research

June's Charity is Pancreatic Cancer Research 3 June 2016

Each year around 9,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It's the fifth most common cause of cancer death, causing five percent o

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all cancers – just 3% of those diagnosed survive for five years. It is also the only cancer that has seen no improvement in this figure over the last 40 years.

Despite its high death rate and lack of improvement in chances of survival, pancreatic cancer attracts little research funding in comparison with many other cancers. In 2011, pancreatic cancer attracted just 1% of research funding from the major funding bodies.

There are a number of factors that influence the level of research funding for particular types of cancer, but for pancreatic cancer, ‘researchability’ and fundraising are the most significant.