Pancreatic cancer is set to become the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States by 2030, according to a new study conducted by the American Association for Cancer Research’s Journal.
More than breast cancer deaths
It is already responsible for more deaths than breast cancer. Lung cancer is already the top killer, but liver and pancreatic cancer will surpass the cancers already considered the second and third leading causes of death, according to the researchers.
More people will be diagnosed with breast, prostate, and lung cancers than with pancreatic cancers by 2030, but more pancreatic cancer patients will die of their disease.
US cancer death rate on a decline
“Overall, the cancer death rate in the U.S. is declining each year,” Lynn Matrisian, vice president of scientific and medical affairs at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PCAN), said.
“And the numbers of deaths caused by several major cancers such as lung, colorectal and breast are following that trend and dropping. However, little progress has been made with pancreatic cancer, and we’ve known that it was not following that trend,” she added.
The reason for the increasing deaths from pancreatic and liver cancers is due to changes in demographics, and the increase in the number of people ages 65 and older. This is because older people are at greater risk for cancer in general, according to Matrisian.