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Monday, November 17, 2014

Pancreatic cancer warning signs that you shouldn’t ignore

Pancreatic cancer warning signs Pancreatic cancer is the 9th most common cancer in women and 10th most common cancer in men in the United States and the rates have been increased over the last 10 years. In this article
we would basically highlight Pancreatic cancer warning signs that you shouldn't ignore 

Pancreas is a digestive system organ located in the upper abdomen that produces insulin to regulate the blood sugar level in the body and it also releases digestive enzyme into small intestine to break down food. Anatomically pancreas is divided into three regions, the head, body and the tail. Pancreatic cancer has very rare or less early signs and symptoms compare to other form of cancers and it’s often diagnosed at later stages.

The tumor arising at the head of the pancreas usually shows up with jaundice, or yellowing of the skin and eyes, dark urine and pale stools and itchy skin. These signs are due to the formation of the tumor at the head of the pancreas which blocks the bile duct coming from the liver reaching the digest system.

Some patients experience loss of appetite, weight, fatigue and general none specific feelings of malaise. If the cancer has spread or if it is extensive upper abdomen, or back pain may be present.Other symptoms include fullness after eating, change in bowel habits such a loose bowel movement and new or recent worsening existing diabetes. These symptoms vary between patients.

Steve Jobs diet of pancreatic cancer Pancreatic cancer risk factors

  • Like most other cancer, the risk of pancreatic cancer increases with age
  • Family history of pancreatic cancer
  • Family history of other related cancers such as colon cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and prostate cancer.

Modifiable risk factors of pancreatic cancer

  • Smoking
  • A high fat low fiber diet
  • Over weight and obesity
  • Working in a job that involves industrial chemicals and toxic metals
  • Heavy long term use of alcohol has been linked to pancreatic cancer.

Reducing the risk of pancreatic cancer

Life style changes can reduce the risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Although it’s important to mention that there is no proven way to prevent the disease. Life style changes include stop smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, reducing consumption of high fat food, avoid exposure to toxic chemicals, and avoid heavy alcohol use.


For people at high risk like those who are having family history of pancreatic cancer and other form of cancers, routine screening or checkup helps to  identify the disease at its early stage. 

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