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Facts, figures to know about pancreatic cancer

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Pancreatic cancer continues to be a problem throughout the U.S. and the world.

With November being Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, there are a few facts and figures from the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research that might surprise some people:

  • Pancreatic cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States after lung and colon cancer.
  • In 2020, it’s estimated that about 57,600 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 47,050 will die from it.
  • Every day, 1,257 people around the world are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

What are the causes of pancreatic cancer?

Factors that can cause pancreatic cancer include:

  • Age
  • Smoking
  • Family history
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Pancreatitis

What are symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer can include:

  • Stomach pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mid-back pain
  • Jaundice
  • Changes in stool
  • Indigestion
  • New-onset diabetes

What steps can be taken to help prevent pancreatic cancer?

Avoiding smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and limiting alcohol are three ways to help reduce the chances of getting pancreatic cancer.

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