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Pancreatic cancer on the rise

While North Carolina residents may have noticed that other serious cancers are on the decline, pancreatic cancer is becoming more prevalent. In fact, according to a cancer statistics report for 2016, pancreatic cancer may become the third leading cause for cancer-related fatalities across the nation. The disease may soon take more American lives than breast cancer.

According to the statistics, pancreatic cancer is to blame for nearly 42,000 deaths during 2016. The disease has a five-year survival rate of only 8 percent, which, compared with all other major types of cancer, is the lowest survival rate. Another study, which was performed by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in 2014, revealed that pancreatic cancer would be on the increase and would surpass all other cancer-related fatalities, except for lung cancer, in the U.S. by about 2020.

A Pancreatic Cancer Action Network representative said that the 2016 findings should serve as a warning to pancreatic cancer researchers to push for efforts to battle the disease. In fact, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is using its resources in attempts to double the survival rate by 2020. The organization hopes to battle the cancer via raising community awareness, advocating for more government resources and funding, financially supporting research, and providing patient support and services. The national organization's goal is to raise $200 million by the year 2020.

Because cancer often results in death, doctors must be careful to correctly diagnose a cancer patient. Whenever a patient's health is made worse as a result of a medical error, a surgery or a negligent doctor's failure to diagnose, a cancer patient, or someone representing the patient, might wish to speak with a local attorney who handles medical malpractice claims about pursuing monetary compensation for damages stemming from the incident.

Source: Pan Can, "Press Release - January 7, 2016 - Cancer Statistics 2016 Report", January 7, 2016

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