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."
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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.