Pancreatic cancer is considered one of the deadliest cancers because it is difficult to diagnose and is often discovered at later stages when treatment is not effective. According to American Cancer Society, “About 62,210 people (32,970 men and 29,240 women) will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. About 49,830 people (25,970 men and 23,860 women) will die from pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer accounts for approximately 3% of all cancers in the United States and approximately 7% of all cancer deaths.” Although genetics and age play a role in pancreatic cancer risk, so do bad habits. Eat this, not that! Health spoke with Dr Michael ChuongMedical Director of Proton Therapymedical director of MRI-guided radiotherapy and director of clinical research in radio-oncology at Miami Cancer Institutewhich is part of Baptist Health South Florida which shares ways to reduce your risk of pancreatic cancer. Keep reading – and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure signs you’ve already had COVID.
Dr Chuong says, “The pancreas is an organ in the upper abdomen that is responsible for making digestive enzymes and regulating blood sugar by secreting hormones such as insulin. Pancreatic cancer is the 4th most common cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. Mortality rates are particularly high because pancreatic cancers are usually not diagnosed until late stages, when cancer cells have already spread to others organs.
Dr. Chuong explains: “The main risk factors for pancreatic cancer are smoking, a diet high in saturated fat and processed meats, obesity, physical inactivity and chronic pancreatitis. About 5-10% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer have a genetic predisposition. and may have other family members also diagnosed with the same condition.”
According to Dr. Chuong, “Pancreatic cancer forms when changes, also known as mutations, occur in the DNA of normal cells in the pancreas, causing uncontrolled growth that the body cannot control. The mechanisms The exact causes of these changes are largely unknown although they are thought to be caused by environmental, dietary and sometimes hereditary factors.”
“The only known cure for pancreatic cancer is surgery, which is usually only effective when pancreatic cancer is diagnosed at an early stage,” says Dr Chuong. “Some patients with advanced pancreatic cancer who are not initially candidates for surgery may eventually become eligible based on their cancer’s response to chemotherapy and sometimes also radiation therapy.”
Dr Chuong says: “The most common symptoms of pancreatic cancer include unintentional weight loss, loss of appetite, upper abdominal pain, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), dark urine and clay-colored stools. If you develop these symptoms then seek medical attention immediately.”
“Cigarettes contain carcinogens that have been directly linked to an increase in the development of pancreatic cancer,” Dr. Chuong tells us.
Dr. Chuong emphasizes, “Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is a known risk factor for pancreatic cancer.
Dr. Chuong advises, “Develop healthy eating habits that include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Avoid eating large amounts of processed meats and highly processed foods. Also avoid heavy alcohol consumption which can lead to chronic pancreatitis, which is a risk factor for developing pancreatic cancer.”
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