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About pancreatic cancer

Every year 42,000 people in the United States and about 70,000 people in Europe are afflicted by pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer is the third deadliest form of cancer, causing more loss of lives than for example breast cancer, prostate cancer and leucemia. The survival rate over 5 years from diagnosis is only about 5–8 %. 95% never make it.

Pancreatic cancer is sometimes referred to as the “silent killer” because of the late onset of symptoms that make it difficult to detect the disease in time for treatment. The median survival rate is currently less than 5 months for a patient diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in Europe.

Early detection when the cancer is still resectable would give clinicians more treatment options and diagnosed patients a longer life expectancy.

Ref: SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Pancreas Cancer 2016

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