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Pancreatic cancer

About pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer is an aggressive form of cancer that develops in the tissues of the pancreas. Located in the abdomen behind the lower part of the stomach, the pancreas aids in digestion.

It 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.

Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3 percent of all cancers in the United States. In 2019, an estimated 56,770 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.