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Pancreatic cancer and age

08/24/2009

Question:

My question pertains to the commonality of pancreatic cancer with regards to age group. What I`d like to know-- since I haven`t seen much in the way of information-- is what exactly the rarity of this type of cancer in individuals in the 24-27 age range?

Answer:

Pancreas cancer is extremely rare during this age group. Pancreas cancer occurs in the sixth and seventh decades of life. Patients in the third decade probably make up less than 5% of all patients. The exact number is not known.

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Response by:

Syed A Ahmad, MD Syed A Ahmad, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati