The most common type of cancer of the pancreas is an adenocarcinoma.
Heredity and age can influence pancreatic cancer as can other factors, including cigarette smoking, chronic pancreatitis, diabetes and obesity.
There are no clear early indicators of pancreatic cancer; tumors can grow without any symptoms at first. In many cases symptoms only appear after the tumor has grown large enough to interfere with the function of other organs. Symptoms can include: