Pancreatic Cancer Facts:
Pancreas cancer is the condition of abnormal growth of cells in the pancreas and other parts of the body. Knowing about this cancer can help you a lot in dealing with your problem. So here are some facts related to pancreatic cancer which you should know about.
Some important pancreatic cancer facts
- This type of cancer has the lowest survival rate of all other cancer types. Only 3-6% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive for 5 years.
- Around 905 people throughout the world die from pancreatic cancer in the World Pancreatic Cancer Day.
- Survival rate for most cancers has improved in the last 40 years except pancreatic cancer.
- Early diagnosis is the key for pancreatic cancer. Patients that are diagnosed in time can increase their chances to survive for 5 or more years.
- Pancreatic cancer is the underfunded disease for many years and gets only 2% of overall cancer research funding.
- Pancreatic cancer is the 12th most common cancer type across the world and around 33000 new cases were diagnosed in 2012.
- It is the 7th most common cause of cancer deaths in the world.
- It is common in developed countries but it is on the rise in developing countries like India and Africa.
- Pancreatic cancer is mostly diagnosed too late with 80% of patients and they have an average life expectancy of just 4-6 months.
- The function of pancreas includes helping the body to use and store energy from food by making hormones to control blood sugar level and digestive enzymes to break down food.
- Cancer in the pancreas occurs when abnormal cells grow in the pancreas in an uncontrollable number and forms a mass of tissue – tumor.
- Pancreatic cancer symptoms can be vague and depends on the location of the tumor, such as in the body, head or tail of the pancreas. Jaundice is a symptom in around 50% of pancreatic cancer cases and abdominal pain occurs in around 70% of cases.
- Pancreatic cancer can affect both men and women.
- Latest study reports reveal that death rates for pancreatic cancer are increasing whereas for most other cancers it is declining.
- According to latest study reports, a good and healthy body weight, avoiding smoking and alcohol drinking in moderation can decrease the risk of pancreatic cancer.
It is good to know that in early stages pancreas cancer does not show any symptoms. But when it grows larger, you may notice the below mentioned common symptoms:
- Pain in the upper part of the belly
- Pale stools, dark urine and yellow skin and eyes due to jaundice
- Pain the center of your back that does not disappear when you change your position
- Vomiting and nausea
- Stools float in the toilet
Advanced cancer symptoms
- Feeling very tired or weakness
- Sudden weight loss for no reason
- Loss of appetite or feeling of fullness
These symptoms could be due to pancreatic cancer or any other health problems. If you notice these symptoms, you should tell your doctor so that he can advise for diagnosis and immediate treatment. If you are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, try to find an experienced medical oncologist specialized in pancreatic cancer.