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According to the American Cancer Society, for all stages of pancreatic cancer combined, the one-year relative survival rate is 20% and the five-year rate is 4%. These low survival rates are attributable to the fact that fewer than 10% of patients' tumors are confined to the pancreas alone at the time of diagnosis. In most cases, the malignancy has already progressed to the point where surgical removal is impossible.
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