Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, which is observed globally to raise awareness of one of the commonly overlooked cancers with the lowest survival rates. More than 150 people are diagnosed with it every day and it is the ninth most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and tenth most in men. It is not the most obvious cancer to some people as the pancreas is deep within the abdomen and cannot be easily felt during a routine exam. Only an imaging study such as a CT, MRI or EUS scan can be used to see a pancreatic tumor. Recognizing symptoms can lead to early detection and better outcomes for patients. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network wants people to look at a few of the risk factor that have been identified by research. Family history Diet that is high in red and processed meat Obesity Smoking Long-standing diabetes Chronic pancreatitis Pancreatic cancer causes vague symptoms that many may attribute to various ailments. If...
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