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The majority of the pancreas cells are exocrine glands (95 percent), which is the reason why about 95 percent of the pancreatic tumor develops within the exocrine cells and duct cells. This type of cancer is known in medical terms as adenocarcinomas. Adenocarcinomas are malignant tumors where cancerous cells are arranged in a gland-like pattern.
There are two forms of adenocarcinomas:
It's also important to note that 75-percent of pancreatic cancer cases develop in the head and neck of the pancreas and only 25-percent in the tail and body of the pancreas.
The second form of pancreatic cancer develops within the endocrine cells in about 5 percent of cases. This type of cancer is called neuroendocrine tumors or islet cell carcinomas. The islet cells are the endocrine cells that secretes the hormones that adjust the sugar level in the blood.
Article by Alina Morrow, MS
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