About Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic carcinoma, more commonly known as pancreatic cancer, is a serious disease that develops within the pancreas, one of many vital organs in the human body. Because the pancreas has several important functions, including the production of insulin and various digestive enzymes, the discovery of cancerous cells there is considered serious and requires immediate medical attention.
Pancreatic cancer is the 10th most commonly diagnosed form of the disease and is rare compared with other leading causes of cancer death, such as lung and breast. The five-year survival rate of 6% is among the lowest of any form of cancer.
During 2011, more than 44,000 people in the U.S. were projected to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and more than 37,000 were expected to die from the disease. Cancer of the pancreas does not discriminate based upon gender—men and women are diagnosed in roughly equal numbers, with the highest percentage of people diagnosed between the ages of 75 and 85. Unfortunately, the number of new cases diagnosed in the U.S. is expected to continue rising over the next two decades.