Did You Know? Pancreatic Cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.
Over 53,000 People are Diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer Each Year
The pancreas is a gland responsible for producing enzymes that help with digestion, as well as producing the hormones used to regulate blood sugar. Most pancreatic cancers are exocrine cancers. Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), or islet cell tumors, are less common but typically have a better prognosis.
Please read the following summary to understand the risks, symptoms and treatment options for pancreatic cancer.
01 | Know Your Risk
No one understands the underlying causes of pancreatic cancer. And although the exact cause of pancreatic cancer is unknown, there are a number of factors that can increase your risk:
02 | Signs and Symptoms
Pancreatic cancer may cause only vague and unexplained symptoms. Speak to your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
03 | Treatment Options
Treatment for pancreatic cancer depends on the patient’s general health and the disease stage. Staging is the process doctors use to describe the cancer’s size and location.
Depending on the type and stage of the cancer, treatment options may include:
While there is no regular screening for pancreatic cancer, it is important to discuss with patients if there is an increased risk.
To learn more about pancreatic cancer, including early detection, diagnosis and staging, please visit: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/pancreatic-cancer.html