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Pancreas cancer. Axial computed tomography (CT) scan through a 63-year-old man's abdomen. The front of the body is at top. A cancer (white dot) is in the head of the pancreas (grey, just at left of centre). Other abdominal organs seen are: the liver (grey, far left), air pockets (black) in the intestines (upper centre), the spleen (grey, far right), the left kidney (white, lower right), one of the spinal vertebrae (white, lower centre), and the right kidney (white, lower left). The pancreas secretes digestive enzymes. Pancreatic cancer is relatively common, but hard to diagnose. Symptoms include jaundice and weight loss. By the time it is detected, it is often inoperable.
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