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Does the age of a patient with pancreatic cancer affect the prognosis?

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Senior citizens have a much higher mortality rate from pancreatic cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. This is, in part, due to the cancer being more common in older people and having an overall high mortality rate.

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Pancreatic cancer is rarely diagnosed in people under 45, states the American Cancer Society. In addition, the mortality rate is similar to the diagnosis rate, due to the cancer's deadly nature, states the National Cancer Institute. The median age at diagnosis is 71, and the median age at death is 73.

Pancreatic cancer is usually only diagnosed at a late stage, states the Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center. Older people are prone to having older tumors that have advanced to a late stage. Unfortunately, late stage pancreatic cancer is especially deadly and difficult to treat.

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