Pancreatic cancer touches the lives of many people. It is the fourth leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, largely due to the late stage of presentation at the time of diagnosis. In our program, the focus is on early detection, which is the key to preventing pancreatic cancer and treating it effectively. As we expand our knowledge of the disease through public awareness, innovative research and vigilant screening of those at risk, we are making hopeful, new strides in beating back this cancer's terrible odds.
Our program is named in loving memory of Muzzafar "Muzzi" Mirza. Beloved father, husband, son and best friend to many, Muzzi passed away much too young in 2007 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Muzzi and his wife, Susan, wanted to ensure that the Pancreas Center developed a program focused on prevention techniques and the role of genetics as it relates to the development of pancreatic cancer. Through the generosity of Muzzi, his family and his many friends and colleagues, we were able to establish this program in his honor.