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What is an exocrine tumor?

John A. Chabot
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism

Pancreatic cancer can result from a mutation in either the exocrine or endocrine function of the pancreas. Exocrine tumors are far more common, accounting for 95% of all cases. Adenocarcinoma is an exocrine tumor and is the most common kind of pancreatic cancer (80-90%).

Other rare forms of exocrine tumors include acinar cell carcinoma, adenosquamous carcinoma, and mucinous cystadenocarcinoma.

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