Did You Know That November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month? Wear Purple And Let's Wage Hope Together!
Last month, we asked you to think pink as we gave you some facts about Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
And now we’re asking you to think purple.
If you didn’t know, November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. And purple, in fact, is the color acknowledging it, just as pink acknowledges Breast Cancer.
Most people aren’t as knowledgeable about pancreatic cancer as they are about breast and prostrate cancer, but it is just as debilitating.
And in most instances, a lot worse if contracted.
Physicians First Messages is here to give you some startling facts about pancreatic cancer and to give you a few tips concerning this horrible disease.
In a nutshell, pancreatic cancer is an aggressive form of cancer that develops in the tissues of the pancreas, which is located in the abdomen behind the lower part of the stomach and aids digestion.
According to the American Cancer Society, about 48,960 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015 and about 40,560 people will die from it. Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3 percent of all cancers in the U.S. and accounts for about 7 percent of cancer deaths.
The average lifetime risk of developing pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 67. Although researchers aren’t sure what specifically causes pancreatic cancer, smoking, diabetes, age and family history are leading factors.
The most common problem concerning pancreatic cancer is it’s not easily detected and, in a lot of cases, by the time symptoms emerge and it’s diagnosed, it may have spread to other parts of the body.
Symptoms do include being jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin), dark urine, light-colored stools and abdominal pain. It should be noted that the symptoms could very well be caused by a number of other ailments, but if you’ve smoked, have diabetes or have a family history of the disease, it would be best to see a doctor as soon as possible.
Do you want to participate in the cause to conquer pancreatic cancer or possibly do a fundraiser? If so, please visit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s website (www.pancan.org) and hit the ‘Get Involved’ tab.
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