Doctors aim to stop pancreatic cancer before it forms

Seeing a chance to stop one of the most deadly kinds of cancer before it forms, doctors are focusing on the common pancreatic cyst. Up to 20 percent of pancreatic cancer begins as one of these small, fluid-filled brown lesions. And left to grow unabated, pancreatic cancer kills 95 percent of sufferers within five years.

A study last year published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that up to 13 percent of the population has a pancreatic cyst, though most do not become cancerous. Researchers studied patients who had undergone an MRI for a reason besides their pancreas, and such routine screening has become the main method of discovering pancreatic cysts. Read more…

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