Why is pancreatic cancer often fatal?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest. Of the approximately 44,000 people diagnosed each year, 38,000 will die. Part of the problem with detection involves where the pancreas is located -- hidden deep in the back of the abdomen. Too often, by the time the tumor is located, the cancer has spread beyond the initial site, making it more difficult to treat.
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