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Pancreatic Cancer - An aggressive form of cancer that forms in the tissues of the pancreas. Located in the abdomen behind the stomach, the pancreas contains both exocrine glands (which produce enzymes that help the body digest food) and endocrine glands (which produce hormones, including insulin, that help control blood sugar levels in the body). About 95 percent of pancreatic cancers begin in the exocrine cells of the pancreas, and the tumors are mostly adenocarcinomas. Pancreatic cancer is the ninth or tenth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States.
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