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Pancreatic cancer: More and more women are suffering from the silent killer

2024-02-26T19:43:34.721Z

Highlights: Pancreatic cancer: More and more women are suffering from the silent killer. The number of cases among women under 25 has increased by 200 percent since the 1990s. With a five-year survival rate of just five percent, pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rates of all cancers. Obesity is suspected to be the most important risk factor for this type of cancer. Other known risk factors include smoking and old age. However, it is still unclear why more and moreWomen are affected.



As of: February 26, 2024, 8:30 p.m

By: Judith Braun

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Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all cancers.

It is all the more frightening that more and more women are suffering from it.

According to information from the cancer

information service

of the German Cancer Research Center (dkfz), pancreatic cancer (pancreatic carcinoma) is a malignant tumor disease of the pancreas.

While the World Health Organization (WHO) expects a rapid increase in new cancer cases worldwide by 2050, more and more women in Great Britain are already developing this form of cancer.

Pancreatic cancer: More and more women are affected by this type of cancer

Pancreatic cancer usually only becomes noticeable in the final stages.

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Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest of all cancers because a tumor usually remains asymptomatic for a long time and is therefore usually only detected in the final stage.

The incidence of pancreatic cancer has risen by around 17 percent overall,

according to

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) .

However, the rate for women aged 25 to 49 increased almost twice (34 percent) compared to the rest of the population.

The number of cases among women under 25 has increased by 200 percent since the 1990s.

With a five-year survival rate of just five percent, pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all cancers.

It is the fourth most common cause of cancer death among men and women, accounting for around four percent.

A tumor in the pancreas usually spreads quickly and aggressively throughout the body and is usually only recognized when it is already advanced due to the lack of symptoms.

This is why this type of cancer is often called the “silent killer”.

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Pancreatic cancer: Obesity is suspected to be the most important risk factor

According to scientists, the increasing number of cases of pancreatic cancer is probably due to increasing obesity and overweight in the population.

The change in diet over the past 20 years could possibly be the cause, says Prof. Karol Sikora, an oncologist at the University of Buckingham, to the

Daily Mail

.

Other known risk factors include smoking and old age.

However, it is still unclear why more and more women are affected.

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Source: merkur

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