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How rare is it for someone my age to get pancreatic cancer. I know rare, but how rare? 1 in 10, 20, a 100, a 1000?

How rare is it for someone my age to get pancreatic cancer. I know rare, but how rare? 1 in 10, 20, a 100, a 1000?

Very rare: It is definitely not 1 in 10, or 20. So it has to be somewhere between 1 in 100 or more like 1 in 1, 000. But this is not going to help you to decide what to do. All I can say it that it is entirely possible, so get it checked out thoroughly till you know that your pancreas is ok if you have the typical signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What is the usual level of lipase in someone with pancreatic cancer? How elevated does it get?

What is the usual level of lipase in someone with pancreatic cancer? How elevated does it get?

Poor test for cancer: Lipase is usually not elevated in Cancer arising from the Pancreas...so it is not a test we do to check for Cancer. Lipase and Amylase are tests done to make a diagnosis of Pancreatitis ...Read more

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Could children get pancreatic cancer?

Could children get pancreatic cancer?

Yes indeed: The usual form is pancreatoblastoma, a tumor with a different appearance and behavior from common adult pancreatic cancer. It's quite uncommon, with a few dozen cases in the us each year. A microscopic photo of one such tumor is shown in the picture. ...Read more

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Can I get pancreatic cancer my age is19?

Can I get pancreatic cancer my age is19?

Possible: Unfortunately, cancer shows no limits in terms of what ages it can affect. However, cancer is much less likely in a 19 year old. I recommend waiting for official biopsy results before assuming this is cancer. It will be important to know not only if it is a pancreatic cancer, but also to know what type of cancer. ...Read more

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Is pancreatic cancer rare in 25 year olds?

Is pancreatic cancer rare in 25 year olds?

Yes.: But, not unheard of. The typical adenocarcinoma of the pancreas is much more common in middle-aged to elderly patients. There are some other types of cancer, more endocrine in nature, which can occur in younger patients. Make sure you have a discussion with your doctor, who can guide you to a competent surgeon and oncologist, if needed. Good luck. ...Read more

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How many people get pancreatic cancer every year?

How many people get pancreatic cancer every year?

See below: Estimated new cases and deaths from pancreatic cancer in the United States in 2012:


new cases: 43, 920

deaths: 37, 390. ...Read more

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How does one get pancreatic cancer at a young age?

How does one get pancreatic cancer at a young age?

Don't Know: 85% of cancers are sporadic. When it happens in young patients (<50 yrs) we need to consider hereditary syndromes (ei: brca1 mutation) and familial syndromes. Most likely we won't know why it happened. What's important now is treatment. Speak to the oncologist who will help set a plan of treatment. ...Read more

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What is pancreatic cancer and how do people get it?

What is pancreatic cancer and how do people get it?

The pancreas is: Both an exocrine organ of digestion, and the bile duct from the liver passes through it, and an endocrine organ producing gastrin, insuln and other peptide hormones. Cancer is uncontrolled growth, and this organ lives near the root of the blood supply to and from liver and guts. Cigarettes associated. No screening test. Increasing. One I pray daily not to get. ...Read more

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Is it rare for a 29 year old to have pancreatic cancer?

Very rare- 0.4 %: From 2005-2009, the median age at diagnosis for cancer of the pancreas was 71 years of age. Approximately 0.1% were diagnosed under age 20; 0.4% between 20 and 34; 2.2% between 35 and 44. ...Read more

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Can children get pancreatic cancer? How does it happen?

Rarely: See this link please for more info:

http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/pancreas. Html
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Is Virchow's node a rare presentation of pancreatic cancer?

Is Virchow's node a rare presentation of pancreatic cancer?

Possibly: Virchows node is a node in the left supraclavicular area, it is associated with the lymphatic drainage from the abdomen and can be a site of metastasis form abdominal cancers. It was classically described with gastric cancer but other abdominal malignancies could present this way ...Read more

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What is the fraction of people who get pancreatic cancer and survive?

What is the fraction of people who get pancreatic cancer and survive?

Pancreatic cancer: Pancreatic cancer is often found after it has already spread outside the pancreas. For all patients together, the one year survival is 20% and the five-year rate is 6%. However, if surgery is able to be performed and the tumor has not spread outside the pancreas, the five-year survival could be as much as 25%. Talk to your oncologist, who can give you more precise information. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the technical definition of pancreatic cancer and how do you get it?

What is the technical definition of pancreatic cancer and how do you get it?

Many causes: There are many risk factors: obesity, smoking, pancreatitis history, diabetes, family history (http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/wyntk/pancreas/page4). ...Read more

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My sister says she has pancreatic cancer. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

No, unless..: No. Genetic abnormality only accounts for a small fraction of pancreatic cancer cases. Up to 10 percent of patients with pancreatic cancer have a family history of the disease
the risk will be higher if you have a very strong family history of other cancers in the family as well. ...Read more

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Wanted to know where can I get screened for pancreatic cancer?

Wanted to know where can I get screened for pancreatic cancer?

MRI: They screen for pancreatic cancer using a combination of imaging, genetic testing and family history to determine risks. Biomarkers such as Ca 19-9 are nonspecific. Usually a gastroenterologist can assist with risk assessment and order appropriate studies. ...Read more

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How probable is it for an 18 year old to get pancreatic cancer?

How probable is it for an 18 year old to get pancreatic cancer?

No: It is very unusual for children to have pancreatic cancer. I work for pediatrics oncology for 40 years and I did not have one patient with pancreatic cancer. ...Read more

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When people get pancreatic cancer, why is it not possible to give transplants right away?

When people get pancreatic cancer, why is it not possible to give transplants right away?

They don't work: Pancreas transplants aren't used to treat pancreatic cancer. Although it seems like it might work, it doesn't. Why? When pancreatic cancer is diagnosed, cancer cells have usually spread to other places in the body, like seeds that have dispersed. Pancreas transplants are used for people with diabetes, but not as a treatment for pancreatic cancer. We need better treatments for pancreatic cancer! ...Read more

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Can a teenager get pancreatic cancer with no known risk factors and is other wise healthy?

Can a teenager get pancreatic cancer with no known risk factors and is other wise healthy?

Very uncommon but...: Pancreas cancer tends to be a disease of older adults, is highly fatal, associated with smoking, and often has no signs of disease until very late. However, there are rare examples of very young women who get a rare version known as pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. This is a very different disease and not as lethal as the standard kind w better treatments. Read here http://1.Usa. Gov/vf3idj. ...Read more

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How rare is pancreatic cancer in a 26 year old female, healthy, with no personal or family history of any cancer?

How rare is pancreatic cancer in a 26 year old female, healthy, with no personal or family history of any cancer?

Pancreatic cancer: The most well known risk factors for pancreatic cancer are smoking and alcohol abuse. In the absence of these, your risk for pancreatic cancer development is very low. ...Read more

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I’m so worried about getting pancreatic cancer. I hear that people get it with no risk factors. Is there a test I can do?

I’m so worried about getting pancreatic cancer. I hear that people get it with no risk factors. Is there a test I can do?

No great screening: Screening tests for cancers, like colonoscopy or mammograms, make sense when they allow earlier detection of disease and at earlier stages because this allows more people to be provided with treatment when it is more effective. Unfortunately, no screening test has demonstrated this ability in pancreatic cancer. Even among people with hereditary pancreatic cancer, screening has yet to prove itself. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get results from a test for pancreatic cancer?

How long does it take to get results from a test for pancreatic cancer?

If you are referring: To a blood test (ca 19-9), it is no way to check for pancreas cancer. It may be a "send out" and take a week or 2, but high, low or normal you may or may not have pancreas cancer, and should ot have had this test. Symptoms (pain, belching, stool color and pattern change and signs (weight loss, pain, new diabetes, jaundice) should lead to imaging, endoscopy and biopsy, then ca-19-9 if positive. ...Read more

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Is pancreatic cancer rare in people under 30 who have no family history of it?

Is pancreatic cancer rare in people under 30 who have no family history of it?

Yes: Pancreatic cancer is very rare at this age, even with a family history.
There are genetic syndromes, however, which may include certain pancreatic tumors, which often affect the young age group. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if steve jobs was a vegetarian how did he get pancreatic cancer?

Could you tell me if steve jobs was a vegetarian how did he get pancreatic cancer?

Vegans get cancer: Simply being a vegetarian doesn't prevent you from developing cancer. Living a healthful lifestyle (food, exercise, avoiding toxins, etc.) does help to reduce that risk, but not down to zero. ...Read more

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My dad had pancreatic cancer when he was 40 years old, does that mean that PC runs in my family? And im going to get it too?

My dad had pancreatic cancer when he was 40 years old, does that mean that PC runs in my family? And im going to get it too?

Not familial: Pancreatic cancer has little tendency to run in families apart from the genetic disease in which chronic pancreatitis precedes it. This is not a subtle illness and you'd know if you had it. I see you smoke 0-2 packs/month. Please stop smoking altogether -- both to drop your pancreatic cancer risk, and because smoking is treacherous and your addiction will increase otherwise. Best wishes. ...Read more

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When lipase levels do elevate because of pancreatic cancer, how high do the levels tend to get? Very high or just slightly elevated?

When lipase levels do elevate because of pancreatic cancer, how high do the levels tend to get? Very high or just slightly elevated?

May/may not. Unrelia: Lipase is not a reliable test for making a diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer. It is test which is largely limited in its usfulness, mostly for cases of pancreatitis. ...Read more

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I have health anxiety & im so scared of pancreatic cancer. Seems like people get it regardless of health. I'm 20 years old & scared ill get it soon : (?

A good concern: Pancreatic cancer is one of the most feared cancer. It along with brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme) is the most difficult to treat. Pancreatic cancer tends to be a disease of older patients. Early symptoms related to liver dysfunction (nausea/vomiting, new diabetes mellitus, jaundice) may be hints that it is occurring and triggers an evaluation. Newer diagnostic tests are being developed. ...Read more

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If you have pancreatic cancer, do you always get jaundice? Also is there a link between P/C and fatty liver? Both found by U/S at same time

If you have pancreatic cancer, do you always get jaundice? Also is there a link between P/C and fatty liver? Both found by U/S at same time

While jaundice,: Result of obstruction to bile ducts, is very common in pancreatic cancer, especially in more advanced disease, it is not always present. I would think the majority of cases, though, over 50%, would reveal themselves (present) with obstructive symptoms: jaundice, dark urine, pale stool, itching. Fatty liver does not cause pancreatic cancer but, you are correct, can be discovered with an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Where can I get screening test for pancreatic cancer?

Where can I get screening test for pancreatic cancer?

No screening test: There is no usual test for screening for pancreatic cancer- no blood or ct scans are benficial in this setting. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more


Dr. Debashish Bose
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Pancreatic Cancer (Definition)

Fast growing abnormal cells that are difficult to diagnose at an early stage & only sometimes can be removed with surgery. Endocrine cancers tend to be slower growing ...Read more