The pancreas has two functions:
The pancreas has three regions:
Cancer occurs when previously normal cells begin to divide and grow quickly. Doctors classify pancreatic cancer according to the type of cells involved: exocrine or endocrine.
Doctors diagnose around 50,000 people a year with pancreatic cancer. Of these, 95 percent or more have exocrine pancreatic cancer (adenocarcinoma).
Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3 percent of the total cancer cases in the United States and about 7 percent of deaths.
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.
No specific cause for pancreatic cancer is known, but many risk factors exist.
A family history of pancreatic cancer is one potential risk factor, but there are also behavior-related risk factors.
If you have a strong family history of pancreatic cancer, you may want to contact a genetic counselor for a screening.
Risk factors increase the chance of cancer development.
In general, men are more likely than women to get pancreatic cancer.
Age is also a risk factor for pancreatic cancer:
Genetic risk factors include a family history of pancreatic cancer or inherited conditions like:
Individual risk factors can include:
In some cases, people can change their habits to reduce or eliminate individual risk factors.
Contact UPMC Hillman Cancer Center about pancreatic cancer care at 412-647-2811.
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.