Pancreatic Cancer Incidence Increases Among Young Women in US

Carolyn Crist

February 28, 2023

The age-adjusted incidence rate of pancreatic cancer is increasing in young women in the United States, and it doesn't show signs of slowing down, according to a new study published in Gastroenterology.

Dr. Yazan Abboud

Between 2001 and 2018, there was a greater than 200% difference in the incidence trend between men and women for ages 15-34, wrote Yazan Abboud, MD, a postdoctoral research fellow in the pancreaticobiliary department of the Karsh Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, and colleagues.

"The exact cause of the trend among younger women is unclear and may be driven by sex-based disproportional exposure or response to known or yet-to-be-explored risk factors," they wrote. "Future efforts should aim to elucidate the causes of such a trend with the goal to formulate possible preventive measures."

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