Pancreatic Cancer accounts for 3% of all cancers in the US and 7% of all cancer-related deaths, with one of the lowest 5-year survival rates.

However, if pancreatic cancer is detected early, the 5-year survival rate jumps to 37%. Therefore, it is important to know the signs and symptoms, and understand the risk factors associated with pancreatic cancer.

The pancreas is an organ that sits behind the stomach and in front of the spine. It aids in digestion by playing a role in both the endocrine and exocrine systems. The pancreas contributes to the endocrine system by producing hormones, like insulin, to help regulate blood sugar levels. As part of the exocrine system, the pancreas secretes pancreatic enzymes. The body uses these enzymes to break down sugars, fats and starches. The majority of pancreatic cancers start in the exocrine cells.

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