It’s the sneakiest of cancers – and as many as 80 per cent of cases are identified too late. But we now have a way to test for pancreatic cancer before it spreads.
The disease has one of the worst cancer survival rates, with less than 4 per centof people living for five years or more after diagnosis. A major cause of this is that by the time symptoms start appearing, pancreatic cancer is often too advanced to treat successfully.
The disease is only identified in time for curative surgery in about 15 per cent of people, so early diagnosis is crucial for improving survival rates. Now, researchers have identified a protein that is present in the blood at much higher levels when a person has the disease, giving us a way to test for it. MORE