Pancreas Cancer

Pancreas cancer is a very serious form of cancer and is defined as cancer of the cells that form the tissues of the pancreas.  The role of the pancreas in the human body is very important, and secretes enzymes that help with digestion and regulate hormones that help metabolize carbohydrates. 

Pancreas cancer is very dangerous because it is usually not detected until the cancer is quite advanced.  Pancreas cancer is also dangerous because it spreads incredibly fast and has usually spread to other parts of the body before the cancer is detected, usually at a time when surgical removal of the cancer is no longer possible.  Because of these reasons, pancreas cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths.

Since pancreas cancer is hard to detect, it is important to be aware of the symptoms of the disease, and to seek doctor’s advice is any of the symptoms are present. One of the symptoms includes upper abdominal pain which sometimes moves towards the middle and upper back that can heighten after eating or when lying down.  Another symptom of pancreas cancer is the loss of appetite and weight loss that is not intentional.  In fact, unintentional weight loss is usually a sign of most types of cancer because the cancerous cells prevent the healthy cells from absorbing any nutrients. Another symptom of pancreas cancer is the yellowing of the skin and white of the eyes, also called jaundice.  This is one of the main symptoms of pancreas cancer and affects over half of the pancreas cancer victims.  Still another symptom of pancreas cancer is itching, which usually occurs in the later stages of the disease. The reason people begin to itch is because higher levels of bile acids and other bile components accumulate in the skin.  Pancreas cancer is a very serious form of cancer, and unfortunately one of the hardest types of cancer to detect.

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