Pancreatic Cancer
by the Numbers
What is the pancreas?
A gland in the middle section
of the body that produces fluids to h...
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Infographic: Pancreatic Cancer by the Numbers

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Some key information on pancreatic cancer, including symptoms, risk factors, and promising new treatments.

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Infographic: Pancreatic Cancer by the Numbers

  1. 1. Pancreatic Cancer by the Numbers What is the pancreas? A gland in the middle section of the body that produces fluids to help digest food. It also produces hormones, including insulin and glucagon, to help control blood sugar levels and help the body store energy from food. =500 people 45,220 In 2013, an estimated adults in the United States will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. About 10% of pancreatic cancers are inherited The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that the risk of developing pancreatic cancer is increased four to five times for a person with one first-degree relative with pancreatic cancer. What is a first-degree relative? A parent or sibling. Most people who develop pancreatic cancer are older than The risk of developing pancreatic cancer increases with age Symptoms jaundice general itchiness loss of appetite unexplained weight loss fatigue pain in upper or middle abdomen & back new onset diabetes genetic factors family history obesity vomiting, diarrhea age (55+) smoking The risk of developing pancreatic cancer chronic pancreatitis race increases with age. long-standing diabetes Reducing Risk Don’t smoke 20–30% of pancreatic cancer is caused by smoking maintain a healthy weight exercise regularly and eat well Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists and colleagues have discovered that pancreatic cancer cells’ growth and spread are fueled by an unusual metabolic pathway that someday might be blocked with targeted drugs to control the cancer. • Cancer.net: http://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/pancreatic-cancer/risk-factors • Cancer.org: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/pancreaticcancer/detailedguide/pancreatic-cancer-prevention • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: http://www.dana-farber.org/Adult-Care/Treatment-and-Support/Pancreatic-Cancer/About-Pancreatic-Cancer.aspx http://www.dana-farber.org/Newsroom/News-Releases/Scientists-find-potential-loophole-in-pancreatic-cancer-defenses.aspx http://www.dana-farber.org/Newsroom/News-Releases/advanced-pancreatic-tumors-depend-on-continued-oncogene-activity.aspx

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