About Pancreatic Cancer
Written by: SERO Board-Certified Physicians
Pancreatic cancer includes malignant or cancerous tumors originating in the cells of the pancreas. The pancreas is a gland located in the right side of the abdomen near the stomach, liver, spleen, and gallbladder. The gland is about six inches in length and serves two primary functions: to generate enzymes that move into the small intestine to help with the digestion of food, and to produce two important hormones, insulin and glucagon, which work together to maintain the proper levels of sugar in the blood stream.
What To Know
- Individuals who are at a higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer should discuss possible screening methods with their doctors. Some risk factors include:
- Family history
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Chronic pancreatitis