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Pancreatic Cancer: The Silent Killer


Harry Potter Stars Alan Rickman and John Hurt, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, Heartthrob Patrick Swayze, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, Apple founder Steve Jobs, Hollywood Legend Joan Crawford and Astronaut Sally Ride all share one thing in common other than the fact that they are super famous- they all died of pancreatic cancer.


So what exactly causes pancreatic cancer?

Irregular eating habits coupled with an unhealthy lifestyle that involves smoking, obesity and binge eating of sugary food. It can also be hereditary and passed down via the genes from the parent to child.


Some of the major tell-tale signs of early stages of pancreatic cancer are jaundice, back pain, nausea, vomiting, itchy skin, light colored stool and dark-colored urine.


Pancreatic Cancer in Teens

Solid pseudopapillary tumour of the pancreas is the most common type of pancreatic tumour in teens, Females that are older adolescents and young adults are most susceptible to this kind of cancer. Other common kinds of pancreatic cancer are mostly restricted to children under 10 and adults of aged 39 and above. The risk increases to an increase in age.


Diagnosis

Since pancreatic cancer has become something of a slightly common health phenomenon recently, the gravity of being diagnosed with it is not taken seriously by people.


Pancreatic cancer is the root for so many deaths mainly because it is diagnosed at a later stage. Up to 10 percent of patients who receive an early diagnosis become disease-free after treatment.


If one suspects being afflicted with pancreatic cancer, it is highly advised that you go to a hospital which will after taking down you and your family’s medical history and a physical test, will try to determine your case with the help of a battery of tests and scans.


Treatment

Treatment might include a combination of surgery, radiation,or chemotherapy When pancreatic cancer is advanced and these treatments aren't likely to offer a benefit, your doctor will focus on symptom relief to allow you to live a pain free life for as long as possible.


Pancreatic cancer is curable to an extent if discovered early. Seek assistance from a certified medical practitioner if you seem to have symptoms or are diagnosed with the disease.


 

Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/cancer/pancreatic-cancer/pancreatic-cancer-symptoms

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pancreatic-cancer/symptoms-causes/syc-20355421

https://www.emedicinehealth.com/pancreatic_cancer_in_children/article_em.htm

https://www.webmd.com/cancer/ss/slideshow-celebrities-with-pancreatic-cancer#:~:text=The%20Guardian%3A%20%E2%80%9CPatrick%20Swayze%20obituary,'%20%E2%80%9D

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/pancreatic-cancer/pancreatic-cancer-prognosis

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