What’s Behind The Rising Incidence Of Pancreatic Cancer?

Pancreatic cancer is a rare disease that accounts for only three percent of all cancers. In recent years, however, it seems like we are seeing this condition in headlines everywhere. Notable personalities like Aretha Franklin, Patrick Swayze, and Steve Jobs have died from it, and now Alex Trebek has announced his diagnosis. Five years ago, pancreatic cancer was the fourth-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Now, its incidence in the country has crept upward by about 0.5 percent yearly for more than 10 years. Japan, France, and Taiwan have all shown a rapid increase as well.

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