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Early removal of some pancreatic cysts could decrease cancer risk, save lives

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By analyzing medical records of 901 adults who had surgery for a certain type of precancerous pancreatic cyst, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine and The Karolinska Institute in Sweden have updated parameters for an anatomical “marker” that can tell more precisely if these cysts are likely to develop into lethal pancreatic cancers.

Early removal of some pancreatic cysts could decrease cancer risk, save lives

The findings, they say, are not yet proof of the concept, but do strongly suggest that removing so-called intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms as soon as the main pancreatic duct is enlarged beyond 5 millimeters in diameter has the potential to prevent these precancers before they become malignant.

The pancreas is shaped vaguely like a revolver, with a duct --normally about 3 millimeters in diameter -- that runs all the way down the barrel of the gun and carries digestive enzymes. When inflamed or populated by cysts or other growths, the duct enlarges.


Author: @DailyCupofYoga

Source: news-medical.net

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