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Pancreatic cancer patterns . . . and other stories

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 08 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k534

Trends in pancreatic cancer

The incidence of pancreatic cancer in most developed countries has been fairly stable over time. France might be an exception because a recent analysis of registry data reports a steep increase in incidence over the last 30 years (Int J Epidemiol doi:10.1093/ije/dyx088). The investigators hope that this unusual pattern will provide clues to the underlying causes of pancreatic cancer. However, the first step must be to exclude the possibility that the increase is an artefact of gradual improvements in the completeness of registration.

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