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What is pancreatic cancer? - Pancreatic cancer

Diagram of a body highlighting the pancreas as an organ under the stomach.
  • Pancreatic cancer is a cancer that's found anywhere in the pancreas.
  • The pancreas is an organ in the top part of your tummy.
  • It helps you digest your food and makes hormones, such as insulin.
  • How serious pancreatic cancer is depends on where it is in the pancreas, how big it is, if it has spread, and your general health.


It's important to get any symptoms of pancreatic cancer checked as soon as possible.

Page last reviewed: 05 May 2020
Next review due: 05 May 2023