Sunday, September 16, 2012

Pancreatic Cancer Soon to Be 2nd Deadliest

From the Huffington Post..

"Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, but it could move up to the second as early as 2015, according to a new report from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a national organization for pancreatic cancer research and advocacy.

Incidence rates for other cancers may also increase, but because of advances in early detection and treatment, death rates for most cancer types will actually decrease. Pancreatic cancer is an exception: According to PanCan's projections, more than 88,000 people will die from the disease in 2030, compared with 37,000 in 2012. This means that within the next decade, "the number of deaths from pancreatic cancer will exceed those from breast and colorectal cancer, and be surpassed only by the loss of life from lung cancer," the report states.

The "data suggest the startling conclusion that pancreatic cancer will leap to become the second leading cause of cancer death before 2020, and possibly as early as 2015, only three years from now..."

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