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Pancreatic cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells form in the tissues of the pancreas. The pancreas is a gland located behind the stomach and in front of the spine. The pancreasproduces digestive juices and hormones that regulate blood sugar. Cells called exocrine pancreas cells produce the digestive juices, while cells called endocrine pancreas cells produce the hormones. The majority of pancreatic cancers start in the exocrine cells.



Symptoms of pancreatic cancer include:
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
  • Pain in the upper or middle abdomen and back
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Depression.


  • The factors which could put you at risk for developing pancreatic cancer include:
    • Smoking
    • Chronic pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
    • Inherited conditions (including hereditary pancreatitis)
    • Familial pancreatic cancer syndromes
    • Long-standing diabetes
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What is the cause of pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis (contrary to apparent belief) is NOT pancreatic cancer. They are entirely different conditions. Pancreatitis literally means "inflammation (or infection) of the p

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What causes pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic Cancer Most pancreatic tumors originate in the duct cells or in the cells that produce digestive enzymes (acinar cells). These tumors account for nearly 95 percent

What is pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic Cancer Pancreatic cancer is a tumor or cancerous cells of the pancreas.    Symptoms A tumor or cancer in the pancreas may often grow without any symptoms a

What causes pancreatitis?

The most common causes for pancreatitis are alcohol abuse and gall stones, which account for 80-90% of all cases. Other causes include trauma (accidents, etc), medications, co

What chemicals in the invironment could cause pancreatic cancer?

  well the trestifonal coclusion mixes with the illaberrital focus to create a very strong acidic mixture. It then goes through a process in which the acid eats up the ins

What are the factors of the pancreatic cancer that cause this type of cancer?

The biggest single risk factor is smoking. Up to a third of pancreatic cancers may be caused by smoking. Cigarette smoke contains chemicals called nitrosamines which are known

How do you get pancreatic cancer?

My sister is only 36 and has pancreatic cancer - we think lead solder may be a factor The main recognized risk factors for pancreatic cancer include the following:Smoking Adv

Why is pancreatic cancer the worst cancer?

While relatively rare, once diagnosed, pancreatic cancer has just a  5% 5 year survival rate, which is the lowest survival rate of  cancer at any site location (lung cancer