- Pancreatic Cancer is not common and rare in younger people.
- Common Symptoms include pain in the upper abdomen, jaundice and weight loss.
- Treatment options for pancreatic cancer include surgery if small enough and chemotherapy.
Like most cancers we still don’t know what exactly causes pancreatic cancer, but around 7000 people are diagnosed in the UK every year with it. There are however risk factors that can increase an individual’s chance of pancreatic cancer. Listed below are some of the risk factors;
- Age – 75% who develop pancreatic cancer are ages 65 or older.
- Smoking Tobacco
- Diet – Consuming Large amounts of red meat, processed meats.
- Bodyweight and lack of physical activity
- Medical Conditions such as Chronis pancreatitis and diabetes.
- Family history
- Genetic Risk – 5-10% of cases of may have link to faulty genes that can run in families.
Pancreatic cancer sometimes has no immediate symptoms for a long period, and symptoms may not be very noticeable. The Most common symptoms related with pancreatic cancer are pain in the upper abdomen, jaundice and weight loss.
Others symptoms may include
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and sickness
- Feeling bloated after meals
Treatment for pancreatic cancer is dependent on the stage of your cancer, its size and your general health.
Surgery- This can be an effective by removing all or part of the pancreas for early-stage pancreatic cancer. This is only appropriate if the cancer is small and has not spread.
Unfortunately many pancreatic cancers are still not diagnosed until the cancer is quite advanced. If pancreatic cancer has become too large or has spread beyond the pancreas when it’s diagnosed then surgery to remove the pancreas is not possible. This news can be quite distressing, as a result your doctor will offer and advise treatments that will help your situation.
Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy can be used for cancer that hasn’t spread beyond the pancreas, or where an operation is not possible. This can be given as a combination or separately. For controlling cancer and stopping the potential spread chemotherapy can be effective.