In 2009, pancreatic cancer was the third most common cause of cancer-related deaths among adult males and females in the Economic Union after stomach and colorectal cancer (Malvezzi et al. 2014). Estimates of mortality for 2014 indicate that deaths due to pancreatic cancer will continue to rise in the region. This malignancy is associated with a very low survival rate at 5% within 5 years. In Malta, characterizing the incidence, prevalence, and risk factors of pancreatic cancer through a status report can aid in the development of risk reduction and other clinical interventions to improve population outcomes.
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