So, in the spirit of World Pancreatic Cancer Day, we found out 5 things you may not know about Pancreatic cancer but should do.
1. Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate among all major cancers
If pancreatic cancer is found early, it is more treatable so visiting your doctor could save your life!
2. There usually aren’t any symptoms in the early stages
This means it can be hard to diagnose in the early stages. You may even only experience all or even none of these symptoms but here are the 6 main symptoms to look out for.
- Abdominal and mid-back pain
- Unexplained Weight loss
- Yellow Skin or Eyes
- Change in Stool
- New-onset Diabetes
- Digestive problems
3. It is estimated that in 2020, 480,000 new cases will be diagnosed globally
That's a lot of people!
4. A family history of other cancers increase your risk
Risk of pancreatic cancer does increase if there is a history of familial ovarian, breast, or colon cancer, hereditary pancreatitis or familial melanoma. So even if you know Pancreatic cancer isn’t in your family, you may want to keep a lookout for symptoms.
5. Red and processed meat increase the risk
While more research is needed, a diet high in red and processed meats may increase the risk of developing pancreatic cancer. A diet high in fruits and vegetables may decrease the risk. So, if you love your veg, here is another reason to eat it!
Want to know more?
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