Global Impact of Pancreatic Cancer is Growing

An analysis of the global impact of pancreatic cancer was just published in The Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology (
) and the news is sobering. The authors looked at pancreatic cancer in 195 countries over the period of time from 1990 to 2017, and they conclude that “globally, the number of deaths, incident cases, and DALYs (disability adjusted life years) caused by pancreatic cancer has more than doubled from 1990 to 2017.” In fact, there were more than 448,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer in 2017. They also predict “a further substantial rise in the absolute number of pancreatic cancer cases” in the coming years.
These sobering statistics highlight the need for more research!! As the authors conclude, we need to implement better “cost-effective interventions for prevention, early detection, and control of pancreatic cancer.”

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