Pancreatic cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2015, nearly 49,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with the disease. The average age at diagnosis is 71.
Risk factors include:
Eating fried meats and fats
Race -- African Americans are more likely to develop the cancer than Caucasians.
Symptoms of cancer of the pancreas
Most patients diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas experience:
Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
Pain in the upper abdomen or back.
Our physicians specialize in managing pancreatic cancer at the following convenient Houston Methodist Cancer Center locations.