Pancreatic Cancer: 40 Facts You Need to Know

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s an opportune time to brush up on your pancreatic cancer facts. While pancreatic cancer causes are unknown, experts do have a handle on some of the risk factors for this deadly disease. The generally bleak prognosis of pancreatic cancer patients makes advances in this field critical. Fortunately, advances in medicine are being made toward detecting pancreatic cancer in its early stages, or to at least slow the progression of the disease.

40 Pancreatic Cancer Facts, Symptoms and Risk Factors You Should Know

1. Types of Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer can affect either the exocrine cells or the endocrine cells. Ninety-five percent of pancreatic cancers are exocrine cancers.

2. A Disproportionately Deadly Disease

Though it ranks 12th in terms of cancer diagnoses, pancreatic cancer is currently the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

3. Fatal Projections

By 2020, it is projected to be the second leading cause of cancer death.

4. Cancer Risk

The average risk of developing pancreatic cancer is about 1.5 percent.

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