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Cancer Sucks: Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day

As I have mentioned before here on the blog and on my Facebook page, Cancer has entered our lives and is not leaving anytime soon.

First of all, this post is not about me.

This past July, my step-mother Carol was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, Stage 4. She had been not feeling well for several months. It didn’t come as a shock that something was wrong, we just didn’t expect it to be cancer or the stage it was in.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time this particular cancer  has affected my family. In 2004, my father-in-law, Bob, passed away from Pancreatic Cancer and COPD. It is quick, horrible and tough to eradicate.

Today is World Pancreatic Cancer Day  

Today, people around the world will unite to Demand Better in the fight against the world’s toughest cancer, starting with earlier diagnosis. Join in as we all work together today  to make a world of difference.

According to the American Cancer Society‘s website, the statistics for 2017 are staggering.

  • About 43,090 people (22,300 men and 20,790 women) will die of pancreatic cancer this year.
  • Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers in the US and about 7% of all cancer deaths.

Pancreatic cancer is often referred to as a “silent killer” .  This particular  cancer is hard to find early. The pancreas is deep inside the body, so early tumors can’t be seen or felt by health care providers during routine physical exams.

There is no specific screening test for it, as of yet.  The majority of people  usually have almost no symptoms until the cancer has already spread to other organs.

According to the American Cancer Society, Here are some of the most classic symptoms to look out for:

  • Painless jaundice (yellow skin/eyes, dark urine, itching).
  • Weight loss which is significant and unexplained
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort which is new-onset and significant

If you are experiencing symptoms like these, please contact your healthcare provider right away. 

As women, we have a tendency to wait on seeing the doctor or putting things off. Don’t wait. Don’t put this off. Share this with your friends and family. Make them get to the doctor. It could just save a life!

 

 

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