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Here's All You Need To Know About Pancreatic Cancer And Why It's Deadly
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Here's All You Need To Know About Pancreatic Cancer And Why It's Deadly

Out of all major cancers, pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate.

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The pancreas is a 6-inch long gland behind the stomach that produces two important hormones: glucagon and insulin. It helps the body break down food and regulate blood sugar. Pancreatic cancer is a disease where malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the pancreas, notes the National Cancer Institute.  This particular form of cancer occurs when abnormal cells in your pancreas start to grow and divide out of control. The cause of pancreatic cancer is unknown but some risk factors include smoking, being very overweight, working with pesticides and chemicals, and genetics.

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The biggest obstacle that occurs in the diagnosis of the disease is that it is difficult to detect early. Statistics around recovery are also grim as it has the lowest survival rate of all major cancers, reports TODAY. More than 90 percent of patients die within five years of learning they have pancreatic cancer, according to the American Cancer Society as per the outlet. Pancreatic cancer makes up about 3 percent of cancer diagnoses in the US and 7 percent of cancer deaths.