Pancreatic cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the pancreas. There are a few different types of pancreatic cancer, with pancreatic adenocarcinoma being the most common type.
The risk of pancreatic cancer increases with age, with most being diagnosed between the ages of 60 and 80 years.
Pancreatic cancer often develops without early symptoms. The majority of symptoms arise because of the location of the pancreas and its relationship to organs of the digestive system. Symptoms of pancreatic cancer do not differ between males and females.
At Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, pancreatic cancer is treated with a multidisciplinary approach in which a team of experts including medical, surgical and radiation oncologists work together to develop an individual treatment plan based on each patient’s unique needs.
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Cancer risk factors include exposure to chemicals or other substances, as well as certain behaviors. They also include things people cannot control, like age and family history.
Most cancers have the same symptoms as other, less serious conditions. Still, it’s important to know the signs of pancreatic cancer.