Pancreatic cancer is the ninth most common cause of cancer-related fatalities in women and the fourth in both men and women. If caught early, a patient has an 8 percent chance of surviving the next five years, but if not caught until the later stages, it drops to three percent. That’s because pancreatic cancer is difficult to diagnose, and once it is, it’s usually too late.
But what is pancreatic cancer? It’s cancer of the pancreas where healthy cells don’t function properly and start growing at a rapid rate, and as they grow, they begin creating tumors that can spread to other parts of the body. Eventually, these tumors prevent organs from functioning properly, which can cause stomach issues, such as excess stomach acid, as well as issues with the liver and bile production.
Pancreatic cancer can be broken into two types: exocrine and endocrine tumors. Exocrine tumors are more common and develop in the pancreatic ducts. Endocrine tumors, which are also called islet cell tumors, only make up about one percent of pancreatic cancer diagnoses.
Because pancreatic cancer is difficult to catch, we’ve provided you with a list of the most common symptoms of this life-threatening illness, so you can watch out for any red flags. Of course, you should exercise and eat a well-balanced diet, but you should also pay close attention to what your body is saying. If you have any of the following symptoms, you should set up an appointment with your doctor.