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PANCREATIC CANCER
FACTS AND FIGURES

► Pancreatic cancer has the #1 fatality rate of all cancers. 75% of patients die within a year of diagnosis. Only 8% of patients will survive beyond 5 years.

► Pancreatic cancer is the #3 cancer killer in the United States among both men and women. It is predicted that pancreatic cancer will be the #2 cancer killer by the year 2030.

► The American Cancer Society estimates that 55,440 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas in 2018, and that 44,330 will die from the disease.

► Worldwide, an estimated 330,000 people die each year from pancreatic cancer.

► Pancreatic cancer does not discriminate by age, gender or race.

► There are no early warning signs.

► There are no screening tests for pancreatic cancer.

► Pancreatic cancer is almost always diagnosed after it has spread and is no longer curable.

► Johns Hopkins is the leading pancreatic cancer research center in the world.

► The team at Johns Hopkins has discovered many of the genes that cause pancreatic cancer to run in some families and has made significant strides towards the development of an early detection test.

► Much of this work was made possible by private donations.

► Together we can and will make a difference!

The Johns Hopkins University Pancreas Cancer website
https://pathology.jhu.edu/pancreas/

THE PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH
TEAM AT JOHNS HOPKINS

► Pancreatic cancer runs in some families. Just as we inherit our eye and hair color from our parents, so too do some people inherit an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer. The team at Johns Hopkins has discovered many of the genes (DNA changes) that cause pancreatic cancer to run in some families.

► Pancreatic cancer is, in essence, a disease caused by DNA changes (mutations) in cells in the pancreas. The team at Johns Hopkins was the first to sequence (read) all of the genes in a large series of pancreatic cancers. In doing so, we defined the genetic drivers of pancreatic cancer and discovered new therapeutic targets.

► Pancreatic cancer is often diagnosed at a late, advanced stage, after the cancer has spread to other organs and is no longer curable. The team at Johns Hopkins has made significant strides towards the development of an early detection test. We have identified and characterized curable precancerous lesions in the pancreas, offering a target for early detection. A test that detects abnormal DNA shed by pancreatic cancer into the blood is now being clinically assessed.

► Pancreatic cancer surgery is extremely difficult and, in past decades, was associated with a very high mortality rate. The surgical team at Johns Hopkins does more pancreatic cancer surgery than any other center and, thanks to advances made by this team, the mortality rate from surgery has dropped to less than 2%.

► Pancreatic cancer is a complicated disease, and treating it requires team work. The team at Johns Hopkins established the largest and most successful multi-disciplinary clinic for patients with pancreatic cancer.

► Pancreatic cancer is a complex disease, and beating it through research will require teamwork. The team at Johns Hopkins has been awarded the Team Science Award by the American Association for Cancer Research (twice!).

► Simply put, Johns Hopkins is the leading pancreatic cancer research center in the world. The discoveries made by the team have had significant impact. The time is right to translate these discovers to improved patient care!

The Johns Hopkins University Pancreas Cancer website
https://pathology.jhu.edu/pancreas/