From Chris Zaykoski, Biochemistry Senior:

I've been working in Pathology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine here in Baltimore. Our lab's mission is to develop a reliable early detection method to find pancreatic cancer. There are no symptoms of pancreatic cancer until it has progressed to its advanced stage and metastasized to other organs. The five year survival rate is less than five percent at time of diagnosis. Within in the next decade it will become the second leading cause of cancer death in the world. The only way to improve prognosis is to detect it early but there are no current methods to detect tiny pancreatic precursor lesions. ...Click here to read more.