Pancreatic Cancer

 

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and the eighth worldwide. Globally, as of 2010, pancreatic cancer resulted in 310,000 deaths. In 2010, an estimated 43,000 people in the US were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and almost 37,000 died from the disease.

Pancreatic cancer is often not diagnosed until it is advanced. Since thus far there is no adequate treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer, most of the patients die within a few months after diagnosis. Common symptoms include, among others, Diabetes mellitus or elevated blood sugar levels. Many patients with pancreatic cancer develop diabetes months to even years before they are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, suggesting new onset diabetes in an elderly individual may be an early warning sign of pancreatic cancer.

Risk factors for pancreatic cancer may include family history, obesity and Diabetes mellitus.

According to the American Cancer Society, there is no established guidelines for preventing pancreatic cancer, although smoking has been reported as responsible for 20–30% of pancreatic cancers. 

 

Pancreatic Cancer