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OU Researchers Unlock Mysteries Of One Of The Deadliest Cancers

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OU researchers have discovered a breakthrough target for pancreatic cancer. Researchers at the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center have uncovered a possible target for new treatments – a protein linked to the cancer's origin and its spread to other parts of the body. It may open doors to treatments that could potentially stop the cancer before it spreads and perhaps before it even starts.

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, and, for reasons unknown, African-Americans have a 40 to 50 percent increased risk of contracting this cancer. Only five percent of patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer are still living after five years of treatment

On Wednesday morning, Cancer Center researchers discussed their findings and how it will help in the development of new drugs aimed at helping beat the deadly cancer. The same discovery also brings potential benefits for patients with colon, prostate, breast and other forms of cancer.

The researchers say they're hoping to start treating patients soon.

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