Pancreatic Cancer

By: Jada Wright

Who is at risk for Pancreatic Cancer?

Most people who develop Pancreatic Cancer are between the ages of 60 and 80. This disease is more common in the African American population rather than the Caucasian population. There is also an increased risk of this from smoking and socioeconomic factors. ( Relating to or concerned with the interaction of social and economic factors.)

Treatment Options?

The options for treatment include, Surgery, radiation therapy ( Therapy using electromagnetic waves to remove electrons from and atom.) , chemotherapy ( The use of a chemical substance or anti-cancer drugs.) , and targeted therapy (Newer way to precisely identify and attack cancer cells, while doing little to no damage to normal cells.).

Symptoms and Side Effects?

Symptoms tend to include weight loss, jaundice ( yellowing of the skin), dark urine, light stool color, itching, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, back pain, and enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or throat. Side effects include, nausea and fatigue.

FAQ's?

  • Do women have pancreatic cancer? Yes, more men than women are diagnosed on average each year.
  • What is pancreatic cancer? A disease in which malignant ( cancerous) cells form in the tissue of the pancreas.
  • What is staging? The stage is the extent of the disease, helps plan what the best treatment will be. Finding the size of the tumor.

What are some statistics?

  • Within this year about 48,960 adults will be diagnosed.
  • The survival rate for one year is 20%, and for five years the rate is 6%.
  • 94% of people diagnosed will die within five years of the diagnoses.
  • 6% will survive more than the five years of diagnoses.
  • 74% will die within the first year.

Want more facts about pancreatic cancer?

This has the lowest survival rate of all cancers.

The 12th most common cancer in the world.

The 7th most common cause of cancer deaths.

24 people die each day from Pancreatic cancer.

In 2012, 8,888 people were diagnosed wit Pancreatic Cancer.