Q: I recently heard about two friends diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. And I seem to be reading about more celebrities with the disease. Is it becoming more prominent? Is there a screening test?
A: Indeed the incidence of pancreatic cancer is rising. This year approximately 53,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with the disease. It occurs slightly more often in men compared to women.
Although pancreatic cancer accounts for just 3 percent of all cancers, it has a poor prognosis. About 42,000 people die of pancreatic cancer each year. It's the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.
If the current trend continues, pancreatic cancer could become the...