While pancreatic cancer is one of the rarest types of cancer in the United States it has one of the highest cancer death rates. The causes are unclear, but risk factors include:
- Older age
- A family history (genetics) of pancreatic cancer
Currently, cancer in the pancreas can be difficult for most people to detect because you rarely feel a lump and the symptoms are often mistaken for one of many other health conditions. This is due largely to the lack of well-defined tests for doctors to detect pancreatic cancer in its earlier stages.