A 26-year-old male asked:
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i thought pancreatic cancer is an old man's disease? i saw questions asked on here about people who have it at 38 and now im nervous. how common?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Not common: About 70k cases a year but can happen earlier in age. Precursors are familial history, pancreatitis and familial melanoma. The disease starts in the duct system as in breast and transforms to an invasive lesion over a 15-20 year period of time before invading duct to grow within pancreatic parenchyma. Duct brushings have picked up the early transforming cells.
Answered on Jun 27, 2016
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