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Why Pancreatic Cancer Is on the Rise

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We can all be grateful that pancreatic cancer is pretty rare—accounting for about 3 percent of all cancers.

Its toll, however, is another story. Five years ago it was the fourth-leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Today it’s number three and expected to soon overtake colon cancer for the number-two spot, right behind lung cancer. Even more frightening, this lethal condition is becoming more common. In the U.S., its incidence has crept upward by about 0.5 percent annually for more than a decade. France, Japan and Taiwan have all reported rapid jumps. Read more . . .

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