What are the causes of pancreatic cancer?

Multifactorial. Pancreatic cancer (adenocarcinoma) is caused by the accumulation of mutations in the dna of cells that line the pancreatic duct. Smokers, diabetics, and people with chronic pancreatitis are at increased risk, as are some people with familial (genetic) syndromes. Another type, neuroendocrine (like steve jobs) arise from hormone-producing cells and some are related to inherited cancer syndromes.
Don't really know. We really don't know the cause. Depending on the location of pancrease (pancrelipase) involved symptoms can be different. Usually silent till it is discovered unless the tumor is at the head of pancrease (pancrelipase) where patient presents looking yellow with change in color of urine and stool. Pain usually in late stages. Best chance of cure if tumor can be cut out. New onset of diabetes may be a symptom ( not specific).

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Been having white globs in my stool that float. What could cause besides pancreatic cancer? Could it be cancer? I had pancreatitis a few years ago.

Doubt its cancer. Floating stool without much color usually indicates poor absorption of fat from your diet. A poorly functioning gallbladder, pancreas or small intestine can be involved. While pancreas cancer can cause such symptoms this is not the usual way cancer is found and 29 is a bit young for pancreas cancer but you should see your doctor to get the other issues on the list checked. Read more...
Malabsorption. Floating stool usually has a high fat content. Pancreatitis can cause this. A GI evaluation ANS ct scan can evaluate for pancreatic dis including cancer. Also stool evaluation could be helpful. Read more...

What causes pancreatic cancer? What are the symptoms and how is it treated?

Probably viral. Pancreatic Ca is a lethal disease of probable viral origin. The tumor begins 15-20 yrs before a clinical lesion can be defined. It appears in the head where painless jaundice is seen, in the body with symptoms of invasion of celiac plexus and tail with pseudo varices of vasa brevia. Even with surgery for 10% of patients the survival here is 10%. Chemo with gemzar (gemcitabine) and Abraxane used. Read more...

Does pancreatic cancer usually cause many symptoms?

Yup... Commonly yellow skin; +/- belly pain; weight loss; new onset diabetes and depression. Pancreas tail makes hormones: insulin, gastrin, glucagon - these cause symptoms. Head/body make digestive juice, and engulf the duct draining the liver into the gut. This is a very nasty cancer. Read more...