Epidemiology of Pancreatic Cancer

Aravind Sugumar, Santhi Swaroop Vege

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Abstract

Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma is a poorly understood cancer that is often fatal. It has the worst prognosis of any know solid tumor. Unfortunately this has not changed in the last 40 years. Symptoms such as abdominal pain and weight loss arise in the late stages of the disease and often preclude surgery. There is no screening test for pancreatic cancer at the present time. There are risk factors which have been identified but a lot remains to be elucidated. A better understanding of the basic mechanism involved in cancer initiation and progression in the coming years will afford better screening and treatment prospects. This edition first published 2014

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGI Epidemiology: Diseases and Clinical Methodology: Second Edition
PublisherWiley Blackwell
Pages313-321
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781118727072
ISBN (Print)9780470672570
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 13 2014

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Keywords

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Jaundice
  • Pancreatitis
  • Smoking
  • Weight loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Sugumar, A., & Vege, S. S. (2014). Epidemiology of Pancreatic Cancer. In GI Epidemiology: Diseases and Clinical Methodology: Second Edition (pp. 313-321). Wiley Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118727072.ch28