World Pancreatic Cancer Day

2018-11-27 06:00
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DID you know that every day, more than 1250 people worldwide will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and an estimated 1 180 people will die from the disease. This is according to the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition. That’s why Thursday, November 15 was dedicated to World Pancreatic Cancer Day.

The Coalition provided more information on Pancreatic Cancer:

WHAT IS A PANCREAS?

The pancreas is found behind the stomach and in front of the spine. It produces digestive enzymes that help the body use and store energy and also regulates blood sugar levels.

WHAT IS PANCREATIC CANCER?

Pancreatic cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop and grow out of control, causing tumours.

According to a global survey, 60% of people know “almost nothing” about pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all major cancers, with just two to nine percent of those diagnosed surviving five years.

WHAT CAUSES PANCREATIC CANCER?

The cause of the majority of pancreatic cancer cases is unknown. There is evidence that age, smoking, being overweight, a family history of pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis, and diabetes may increase your risk of pancreatic cancer.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF PANCREATIC CANCER?

Common symptoms of pancreatic cancer include abdominal or mid-back pain, unexplained weight loss, jaundice, loss of appetite, indigestion, changes in stool and new-onset diabetes. These symptoms are often vague and generally are attributed initially to other less serious and more common conditions.

IS THERE A TEST FOR PANCREATIC CANCER?

There is no standard screening test for pancreatic cancer, which makes it vital for people to know the symptoms and risks.

Early diagnosis is key for pancreatic cancer. Patients diagnosed in time for surgery are more likely to live five years and beyond. The sooner you are diagnosed, the more chance you’ll be eligible for surgery and the sooner you can receive treatment.

HOW COMMON IS PANCREATIC CANCER?

Pancreatic cancer is the seventh most common cause of cancer-related death across the world.

In 2015, an estimated 367 000 cases of pancreatic cancer were diagnosed globally, and it is estimated that 480 000 people will be diagnosed globally in 2020.

WHAT IS WORLD PANCREATIC CANCER DAY?

Held on November 15, World Pancreatic Cancer Day brings people around the world together to highlight the need for greater awareness, funding and research for pancreatic cancer.

The pancreatic cancer community is united in our commitment to Demand Better and accelerate progress to fight the world’s toughest cancer, starting with earlier detection.

WHO ARE THE PARTNERS FOR WORLD PANCREATIC CANCER DAY?

World Pancreatic Cancer Day is an initiative of the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition (the “Coalition”), which consists of more than 70 organizations from more than 30 countries and six continents.

In addition to promoting World Pancreatic Cancer Day and other educational efforts, the Coalition facilitates the sharing of best practices among its member organizations on an array of important topics, including patient information and support, research, clinical trials, advocacy and policy, healthcare professional training and more.

For more information about World Pancreatic Cancer Day and the Coalition members, visit www.worldpancreaticcancerday.org

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