The pancreas has two jobs:
The pancreas has three regions:
Cancer occurs when abnormal cells begin to grow and divide. Doctors classify pancreatic cancer by the type of cells involved: exocrine or endocrine.
Doctors diagnose around 50,000 people a year with pancreatic cancer. Of these, 95% or more have exocrine pancreatic cancer (adenocarcinoma).
About 3% of the total cancer cases per year in the U.S. are pancreatic cancer.
About 7% of cancer deaths are from pancreatic cancer.
The risk of a person getting pancreatic cancer at some point in their life is 1 in 64. Risk factors, ranging from genetics to preventable measures, can affect those odds.
Doctors don't know the exact cause of pancreatic cancer, but risk factors that can increase your chance include:
In some cases, people can change their habits or lifestyle to reduce their risks:
To learn more about pancreatic cancer care or to make an appointment, you can:
Types of Pancreatic Cancer
Cancer can affect the exocrine or endocrine functions of the pancreas. There are also various types of cancer that can affect the pancreas.Read about the types of pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic Cancer Screenings and Exams
You should think about getting screened if you:
Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Program
The Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Program creates individual plans to help each patient through diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up.Learn more about our Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Program.
Treatments for Pancreatic Cancer
There are many treatment options for pancreatic cancer, including:See pancreatic cancer treatment options at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.