My Great Aunt died on Monday of pancreatic cancer.
Sorry to hear about your great aunt. :(
The last person we lost was hubby's aunt, back in 2008 IIRC, maybe early 2009 (I was in grad school, so my memory from that time is very blurry). Lost her to cancer as well. She was the unofficial matriarch of the family since Grandma (and Grandpa) were so old and in very poor health the last 10 years of their lives (lost them both within a few months of one another back in 2005). She bought this historical home in the family's hometown right after hubby and I met, so 1992, and everyone would gather there at Thanksgiving... there must be 70 people on hubby's paternal side of the family (but my paternal side is still larger if you can believe that -- but we have 8 great aunts/uncles). Anyhoo, it was always a great time, and when she died, Uncle Jack just couldn't do it, so now everyone gathers in French Lick at a hotel (though we've never been due to the distance). They lived in CA and did the Thanksgiving thing in IN so it was a huge undertaking a lot of traveling to get it all done, just for a 3-day shindig.
Hmm, it does seem like that - although the statistic is that 1 in 5 people who live into their 70s will have cancer.