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A disease that is difficult to find and diagnose early, pancreatic cancer occurs when malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the pancreas. At this time, it is unclear why one person will develop it and another will not. Although the exact cause of this disease is unknown, certain factors are known to increase your risk, including cigarette smoking and having diabetes.
With this type of cancer, there are often no early symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may include things like:
  • Jaundice
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue.
Some of the treatment options for pancreatic cancer include:
  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy.
(Click Pancreatic Cancer for more details on this condition, including staging, other risk factors, and prognosis.)
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