Pancreatic Cancer Predicted to Be Second Deadliest Cancer By 2030

A local oncologist says a report that pancreatic cancer will be the second most common cause of cancer-related death in the United States in 2030 is not written in stone. “It’s a very negative report,” said Vincent Vinciguerra, MD, a medical attendant specializing in gastrointestinal oncology at Monter Cancer Center, part of the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute. “The issue is it could well happen, however, we’re seeing changes in the way we understand pancreatic cancer, so it’s my belief that in the future we’re going to get a better handle on how to treat the disease.” Doctors are looking into a patient’s family history for cancer coupled with detecting pre-malignant conditions for the disease, such as cysts on the pancreas, to help catch the disease before it develops, said Dr. Vinciguerra. Lifestyle factors such as obesity, diabetes, nutrition, smoking and exercise are also being looked at as modifiable links to pancreatic cancer.

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