26 August 2011

Steve Jobs faces uphill cancer battle, say experts

When Apple CEO Steve Jobs, announced that he was stepping down speculation immediately turned to his ongoing health problems.

When Apple CEO Steve Jobs, announced that he was stepping down as the head of the hugely successful technology company he co-founded in a northern California garage 35 years ago, speculation immediately turned to his ongoing health problems.

Pancreatic cancer expert Dr Craig Devoe, from the department of medicine at North Shore-LIJ Health System in New Hyde Park, NY, said that "neuroendocrine tumours are uncommon, with only a few thousand cases a year."

What is neuroendocrine cancer?

For those that affect the pancreas, the numbers are even lower with fewer than 1,000 cases a year in the United States. In contrast, there are around 40,000 cases of other pancreatic cancers a year, Devoe said.


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