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November: National Pancreatic Awareness Month

“Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers, It is currently the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States after lung and colon cancer”. (American Cancer Society, 2020)

November acts as empowerment, education, and inspiration for communities affected by pancreatic cancer. Early detection is an important health factor in reducing your chance of getting pancreatic cancer. Knowing the facts, symptoms, and risk factors are key to early detection. More than 1,257 people worldwide will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Educating ourselves and others ensure our quality of life and life expectancy. Reading stories and sharing experiences with pancreatic cancer will make an individual feel that they are not alone and do not have to fight their battle alone. Social support systems have been proven to reduce symptoms and improve the health of people.

Pancreatic Cancer Facts:

  • Cancer begins in cells and the tissues of the pancreas and other organs

  • In 2020, an estimated 57,600 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the U.S. AND more than 47,050 will die from the disease

There are Two Main Types of Pancreatic Cancer:

  1. Pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDAC), which is a tumor formed in the exocrine cells of the pancreatic ducts, PDAC accounts for 95% of pancreatic cancer

  2. The remaining 5% of pancreatic tumors form in the endocrine cells, also known as neuroendocrine or islet cell tumors.

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