Pancreatic cancer is a type of cancer that affects the pancreas, a gland located behind the stomach that plays a role in digestion and blood sugar regulation. It is a serious and often aggressive form of cancer, and it is often not detected until it has advanced and spread to other organs.
The National Cancer Institute estimates that there are 13.3 new cases of pancreatic cancer for every 100,000 men and women each year. The annual mortality rate for men and women was 11.1 per 100,000. Age-adjusted data from 2015–2019 cases and 2016–2020 deaths serve as the basis for these rates.
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The majority of people do not exhibit early symptoms of pancreatic cancer. However, as the disease progresses, individuals may notice the signs that pancreatic cancer has spread to other organs. It may include:
- Abdominal Pain
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
- Weight Loss
- Loss of Appetite
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Back Pain
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see a healthcare provider for a diagnosis. Pancreatic cancer is often difficult to detect in the early stages, and it can be difficult to treat once it has spread to other organs. Early detection and treatment can improve the chances of a successful outcome. The symptoms of pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer may differ from those of conventional pancreatic cancer, such as weight loss or jaundice. This is because certain PNETs produce too many hormones.
Treatment for pancreatic cancer depends on a number of factors, including the location of the tumour, its stage, your overall health, and whether or not cancer has spread beyond the pancreas. Treatment for pancreatic cancer may include surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation therapy, depending on the stage and severity of cancer. It is important to work with a healthcare team to determine the best course of treatment.
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