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When cancer cells first form in the tissues of the pancreas, it is known as pancreatic cancer. Roughly 95 percent of pancreatic cancer cases begin in the ducts that carry pancreatic juices (exocrine cells). The other type of pancreatic cancer is called pancreatic islet cell cancer, a condition that may begin in the endocrine pancreas. This part of the pancreas contains special cells called islet cells, which produce insulin and other hormones.
 
(Click Pancreatic Islet Cell Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer to learn more, including details on why early detection is so important, and yet can be so difficult.)
 
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