Quick Quiz: Pancreatic Cancer

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Pancreatic cancer is a relatively rare malignancy, representing 3.2% of all new cancer cases in the United States.1 In 2021, it is estimated that approximately 60,430 individuals (31,950 men and 28,480 women) will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in this country, and approximately 48,220 individuals (25,270 men and 22,950 women) will die from the disease.2 The average lifetime risk for being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer is 1 in 64, and incidence rates for the disease have increased by approximately 1% each year since 2000.3 How much do you know about pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic cancer is the eighth most common cancer in women and the tenth most common cancer in men.1 The disease can be difficult to diagnose due to the lack of validated and specific screening tests for detection in patients who are asymptomatic.2,3 In addition, the majority (90%) of pancreatic cancers are considered sporadic and are caused by genetic changes.3 Typically, at the time of diagnosis, only 11% of patients have early-stage disease, whereas 52% have distant metastasis.3 The overall 5-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is 10%; 39% for localized disease, 13% for regional disease, and 3% for distant disease.1 Public awareness of pancreatic cancer needs to remain a priority to increase survival rates and improve patient quality of life.

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