The diagnosis of pancreatic cancer strikes fear in the hearts of those who are familiar with it. Since pancreatic cancer is so difficult to diagnose, by the time it is found, it has a 5 year survival rate of less than 5% and is at Stage IV.
Researchers at John Hopkins believe they have found a way to detect it earlier. The researchers were able to find 2 genes that were present in the blood of 81 patients who had early stage pancreatic cancer, and not in the blood of those who didn’t have the disease. This could be a very important finding that could have a significant effect on the survival rates for this cancer.