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:
- Family history
What are symptoms of pancreatic cancer?
Symptoms of pancreatic cancer can include:
- Stomach pain
- Unexplained weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Mid-back pain
- Changes in stool
- 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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