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Pancreatic Neoplasmsa 

Pancreatic Neoplasmsa
Pancreatic Neoplasmsa

Randall K. Pearson

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date: 22 October 2020

Almost uniformly, cancer of the pancreas is fatal and is increasingly a health problem. In the United States, the calculated incidence of pancreatic cancer in 2008 was 37,700, with 34,300 deaths due to the disease. The overall survival rate for persons with pancreatic cancer is less than 5%, the lowest 5-year survival rate of any cancer. This partly reflects the low resectability rate. Advanced age is the most common risk factor for pancreatic cancer, and as the population ages, the incidence of pancreatic cancer is predicted to increase. Only 10% to 15% of patients are candidates for curative resection (stage I and stage II disease), and more than 50% have unresectable stage IV disease with distant metastases.

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