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African Americans and Pancreatic Cancer: Things to Know

The National Cancer Institute | 7/17/2013, 2:06 p.m.
Pancreatic cancer is diagnosed in African Americans more often than in other racial/ethnic groups

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) offers several kinds of information resources to help you understand more about pancreatic cancer diagnosis, treatment, supportive care, and research studies. Including “What You Need to Know About Cancer of the Pancreas” – an online publication about exocrine pancreatic cancer – at www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/pancreas.

Also, NCI's summary page about pancreatic cancer – including links for what is currently known about prevention and genetics, screening and testing, treatment, clinical trials, and related research information – can be found at www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/pancreatic.

For some patients, a clinical trial may be a good treatment choice. A 10-Step Guide to Finding a Cancer Treatment Trial is available at www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/search/treatment-trial-guide, and general information about participating in clinical trials is available at www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/learningabout.

NCI leads the National Cancer Program and the NIH effort to dramatically reduce the burden of cancer and improve the lives of cancer patients and their families, through research into prevention and cancer biology, the development of new interventions, and the training and mentoring of new researchers. For more information about cancer, please visit the NCI web site at www.cancer.gov or call NCI's Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237). More articles and videos in the culturally relevant Lifelines series are available at www.cancer.gov/lifelines.