Approximately 32,000 pancreatic neoplasms are diagnosed in theUnited States annually. Currently, carcinoma of the pancreas isthe fourth most common cause of cancer death in both menand women in this country, after cancers of the lung, breast/prostate, and colon. The most common presenting symptomsof pancreatic cancers are epigastric pain, obstructive jaundice,and weight loss. However, since pancreatic cancer is frequentlymetastatic when diagnosed, it may uncommonly present withfindings characteristic of the site of spread.
Okabe, MD, Toshimasa; Van Vranken, MSIII, Leigh; and Seril, MD, Darren N.
"Hemoptysis as a Presenting Symptom for Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer,"
The Medicine Forum:
Vol. 10, Article 28.
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