Of all tobacco-related cancers in the United States, pancreatic cancer (PC) is the deadliest, with a five-year relative survival rate of only 9%. PC just became the third leading cause of cancer deaths and will become the second leading cause around 2020. In contrast to breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer, incidence and mortality rates for PC are increasing.
Florida ranks second in lives lost to PC each year. Striking racial disparities in PC incidence and mortality rates exist nationally and in Florida, with higher rates among African Americans (AA) compared to other racial groups. Reasons for these disparities remain unexplained.