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How common is pancreatic cancer?

John A. Chabot
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. Each year, approximately 42,000 Americans develop cancer of the pancreas. If it is confined to the pancreas and hasn't spread to surrounding organs or lymph nodes, the cancer can sometimes be cured through surgery.

In the United States, about 37,000 people are diagnosed with adenocarcinoma, the most common type of pancreatic cancer, every year. Other types of pancreatic cancer are much less common.

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