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The chances of surviving from pancreatic cancer depend on the identification of the symptoms.

If pancreatic cancer is diagnosed at an early stage the chances of survival are much higher.

However, in the majority of the cases, this cancer is identified in its late stages making the survival rate much lower.

There are hardly any symptoms in the initial stage that could indicate pancreatic cancer. However, there are symptoms that appear in the beginning that could indicate pancreatic cancer and should be looked at by a doctor.

Why is Pancreatic Cancer dangerous?

Pancreatic cancer is a malignant neoplasm originating from transformed cells arising in tissues forming the pancreas.

The most common type of pancreatic cancer, accounting for 95% of these tumors, is adenocarcinoma (tumors exhibiting glandular architecture on light microscopy) arising within the exocrine component of the pancreas.

A minority arise from islet cells and are classified as neuroendocrine tumors.

The signs and symptoms that eventually lead to the diagnosis depend on the location, the size, and the tissue type of the tumor, and may include abdominal pain, lower back pain, and jaundice (if the tumor compresses the bile duct), unexplained weight loss, and digestive problems.

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