- Pancreatic cancer develops when malignant cells form in the tissues of the pancreas.
- There are two types of pancreatic cancer:
- Exocrine tumors: This type of cancer forms in the pancreas ducts.
- Endocrine tumors: These tumors are less common and are almost always benign.
- Pancreatic cancer is the 10th most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States.
- An estimated 44,030 new cases of pancreatic cancer developed in 2011.
- Risk factors that can increase the chance of developing pancreatic cancer:
- Smoking cigarettes
- Poor diet
- 90% of people suffering from pancreatic cancer are 55 years of age and older.
- Doctors can diagnose pancreatic cancer through a physical exam, biopsy (removal of tissue from pancreas), ultrasound, MRI, CT scan (X-ray of internal organs), and more.
- Based on rates from 2005-2007, 1.41% of men and women (1 in 17) born today will develop pancreatic cancer at one point in their lives.
- The survival rate from 2001-2007 was 21.5% localized (cancer confined to one area) and 8.6% regional (spread to the lymph nodes).
- An estimated 37,660 people have died from pancreatic cancer in the past year.
- Because pancreatic cancer is one of the most complex cancers to treat, there are many aggressive treatments such as pancreatic surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy or gastroenterology.
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