November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Here are some Facts about Pancreatic Cancer from the Pancreatic Action Network.
- The disease is the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related deaths in
the United States.1
- Around 2020, estimates show that pancreatic cancer will rise to
the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related deaths.2
- In 2018, an estimated 55,440 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 44,330 will die from the disease.
- Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers. 74% of all patients die within the first year of diagnosis.
KNOWN RISK FACTORS
• The cause of most pancreatic cancer is unknown.
• Risk factors for developing pancreatic cancer include:
• Family history
• Chronic or hereditary pancreatitis
• Long-standing diabetes (five-plus years)
SURGERY is only possible in less than 20 percent of patients with adenocarcinoma (which accounts for more than 90
percent of all pancreatic cancers).
RADIATION is sometimes offered before or after surgery and can be combined with chemotherapy.
CHEMOTHERAPY is usually offered when tumors cannot be removed surgically and can be used before and/or
CLINICAL TRIALS are an option for eligible pancreatic cancer patients and may offer a patient the best opportunity
for a positive outcome.
Signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer often don't occur until the disease is advanced. They may include:
- Pain in the upper abdomen that radiates to your back
- Loss of appetite or unintended weight loss
- New-onset diabetes
- Blood clots
- Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)
Please call us here at Charleston Hematology Oncology Associates if you or a loved one have been Diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer.