Pancreatic cancer

Worldwide, pancreatic cancer is responsible for about 5 percent of cancer deaths every year. It is often referred to as the “silent disease” because symptoms are few and non-specific, leading to late diagnosis in the majority of cases. Cancer of the pancreas tends to affect people over the age of 50, and most sufferers are aged 65 to 80 at the time of diagnosis. Men are at slightly higher risk than women. Learn more about pancreatic cancer symptoms and stages here.

Earlier pancreatic cancer diagnosis

Scientists say they can use small bits of genetic material called microRNA to spot key differences between chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.

Gene beats pancreatic cancer

In research with mice, US scientists found that a mutant gene called Bik can shrink or kill pancreatic tumors.

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