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The #1 Cause of "Deadly" Cancer, According to Science

ETNT Health Logo By Michael Martin of ETNT Health | Slide 2 of 6: "If you're talking about the most lethal malignancy, pancreatic cancer wins, hands down," says Kurtis A. Campbell, MD, a board-certified surgical oncologist at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. "About 50,000 people will contract pancreatic cancer this year, and nearly all of them will die. The five-year survival rate is only around 7%." Notably, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg died of the disease last year.By another metric, lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer—more people in the U.S. die of lung cancer than any other type. "Probably 250,000 people are going to contract lung cancer this year," says Campbell. "It's far and away the most common, with the most number of deaths."But the steps you can take to reduce your risk of both are similar.RELATED: How to Reverse Aging, Say Studies

1. What Is the Most Deadly Cancer?

"If you're talking about the most lethal malignancy, pancreatic cancer wins, hands down," says Kurtis A. Campbell, MD, a board-certified surgical oncologist at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. "About 50,000 people will contract pancreatic cancer this year, and nearly all of them will die. The five-year survival rate is only around 7%." Notably, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg died of the disease last year.

By another metric, lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer—more people in the U.S. die of lung cancer than any other type. "Probably 250,000 people are going to contract lung cancer this year," says Campbell. "It's far and away the most common, with the most number of deaths."

But the steps you can take to reduce your risk of both are similar.

RELATED: How to Reverse Aging, Say Studies

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