Pancreatic Cancer

Before briefly explaining what pancreatic cancer is, I would like to show you where it is located in the body and what it does.

The pancreas is an organ in the human body that is found behind the stomach. This organ produces enzymes and then releases them to help the body digest food. This organ also produces insulin and glucagon which are hormones that help the body regulate its blood sugar levels.


For an unknown reason, this cancer occurs more frequently in people who smoke and in people who are obese. In some other cases, the cause of this disease would come from genetic syndromes that are passed down through families.

This type of cancer is called the "silent killer" because there are no early signs or symptoms at first. And when it is detected, it is in a more advanced state.

Unfortunately, 95% of the people that are diagnosed with this disease do not live for more than 5 years.

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The more common symptoms of this cancer are:

* Pain or discomfort in the upper part of the belly or abdomen

* Loss of appetite and weight loss

* Jaundice (a yellow color in the skin, mucus membranes, or the eyes)

* Dark urine and clay-colored stools

* Fatigue and weakness

* Nausea and vomiting

Smoking is the main predisposing factor to get this disease. Using smokeless tobacco products also increases you risk of getting this cancer. When you spend 5-10 years without smoking, you greatly reduce your chances to that of nonsmokers.

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