What is pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the pancreas grow in an uncontrolled way.

The pancreas is a gland located behind the stomach. The majority of cells in the pancreas are exocrine cells, which produce enzymes to help digest food. Other types of cells, called endocrine cells, produce hormones such as insulin to help control blood sugar levels.

Pancreatic cancer is 1 of the 10 most common cancers in both men and women in Australia.