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Pancreatic cancer: gradual rise, increasing relevance

Freddy Sitas, Rachel E Neale, Marianne F Weber and Qingwei Luo
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (8): 401-402. || doi: 10.5694/mja15.00137

Pancreatic cancer is likely to become one of the leading causes of cancer death in Australia

Pancreatic cancer is the 10th most frequently occurring cancer but the fifth most common cause of cancer death in Australia, as is also seen in other developed regions of the world.1 A gradual increase in incidence has been observed since the 1980s in almost all age groups in both sexes in Australia (Box 1).3 Increases have been attributed only to trends in smoking, which is considered causal,4 with local published data suggesting a lag of about 30 years between smoking trends and incidence.5 However, overweight and obesity may also have contributed, in part, to incidence trends.6

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  • Freddy Sitas1,2
  • Rachel E Neale3
  • Marianne F Weber1
  • Qingwei Luo1

  • 1 Cancer Council NSW, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, QLD.

Correspondence: freddy.sitas@gmail.com

Acknowledgements: 

Rachel Neale is funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council fellowship (1060183).

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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