Friday, November 13, 2015

World Pancreatic Cancer Day

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Pancreatic Cancer is one of the deadliest cancers. 

Fact: Fourth leading cause of cancer - related death in the United States. 

Fact: Eleventh most common diagnosed cancer in men and the eighth in women. 

Fact: An estimated 48,960 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer with an estimated 40,560 will die. 

Fact: 72% of pancreatic cancer patients die within the first year. 

Fact: The only major cancer with a 5 year survival rate of 7%

Fact: By 2020, it is estimated that pancreatic cancer will bypass Colorectal and Breast cancer to become the second leading cause of cancer - related death. 

Pancreatic cancer impacted my life in a way that ripped my heart out. To see the post I wrote last year, click HERE. I hope and pray that advancements will be made in diagnosing and treating this horrible disease. 

There are no early detection methods for pancreatic cancer. There are no proven biomarkers, or clues in the blood or other fluids to indicate the presence of a tumor. 

Most patients are diagnosed in the late stage of the cancer. More than half are diagnosed once the disease has spread to other locations in the body. Only 9% are diagnosed when the cancer is only in the pancreas. 

For the most part, the cause of pancreatic cancer is unknown. There are a few risk factors (family history, smoking, obesity), however more research on these factors is needed. 

The symptoms of pancreatic cancer include:

* Abdominal or back pain
* weight loss
* jaundice
* loss of appetite
* nausea

This post is not sponsored. I was not approached by anyone to do it. This is something I do every year in memory of my grandfather. 

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{© Crystal @ The Italian Bella Diaries, 2000}

This was my granddaddy in 2000. Just four years later he would be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and pass away from it all within a month and a half. 

For more information on the disease or to volunteer visit HERE

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