What everyone should know…

There is always hope!

There are several points that we need to emphasize. First, and foremost, there is always hope! Although the statistics associated with a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer can be daunting, we sincerely believe that there is always hope. This hope takes many forms; from the love and caring of family and friends, to good clinical responses to treatment, to the sincere belief in a brighter future through pancreatic cancer research. There is always hope.

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death for both men and women.

  • Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly of all types of cancer.
  • This year 44,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and about 38,000 will die from it.
  • Despite the high mortality rate, the federal government spends woefully little money on pancreatic cancer research

Pancreatic cancer is treatable when caught early; the vast majority of cases are not diagnosed until too late.

  • Five-year survival rates approach 25% if the cancers are surgically removed while they are still small and have not spread to the lymph nodes.

Pancreatic cancer is difficult to diagnose

  • There is no reliable screening test for the early detection of pancreatic cancer.
  • Symptoms are often vague and easily confused with other diseases.
  • We need to invest in the development of an effective screening test.

Who Has the Greatest Risk?

  • People with two or more relatives who have had pancreatic cancer (see National Familial Pancreas Tumor Registry)
  • Cigarette Smokers
  • People of Ashkenazi Jewish descent
  • Have the BRCA2, p16, STK11 gene mutation or chronic pancreatitis
  • Are over the age of 50

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