Facts about pancreatic cancer
There is still a lot about pancreatic cancer
that baffles the medical profession. Because it presents with vague and sometimes no symptoms, early detection is hard. As a result, survival rates have not improved significantly over the decades and it still has the highest cancer death statistics
within the cancer diagnostic.
There are some risk factors associated with pancreatic cancer; age, family medical history, diabetes and smoking. Yet, treatment needs to come a long way. Because of its rapid growth, many patients diagnosed with this fatal disease can't have surgical procedures. There are no real detection tools in place, and often when a patient presents with the symptoms of jaundice, abdominal pain, nausea and weight loss, they are misdiagnosed completely.
The silent cancer
is often referred to as the silent cancer
as its symptoms often get overlooked. For instance, bouts of indigestion, pale looking stools, losing a few pounds in weight, cramps in the back and abdomen, or general fatigue can all be put down to less invasive causes. Because of this confusion, many don't consult with a doctor until the cancer
has taken a firm hold.
When it does, there's little chance of a full recovery, even with chemotherapy and radiation treatments. It's estimated that in the United States alone, 54,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer
of which 42,000 will die from it. In the UK, figures are not much better. Twenty-four people die every day
, and it's the fifth leading major cancer with only a 4% success rate. With statistics like this, and cancer research
doing its utmost to find a cure, we can only hope and pray that our donations will find a treatment that prolongs life and hopefully eradicates this cancer completely. For some though, the battle is just beginning and the journey, while short can be made easier by a simple but profound act of love.
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