Pancreatic Cancer

By: Jack Towell

Description

Pancreatic Cancer is the fourth deadliest cancer diagnosis in the world. Pancreatic Cancer spreads silently which makes it deadly, doctors sometimes won't be able to notice the cancer spreading until it is to late. Pancreatic Cancer can cause back pain, abdominal pain, fatigue, diarrhea, depression, anorexia (loss of appetite), and nausea.

Causes of Pancreatic Cancer

A cell in the Pancreas acquires damage to its DNA that causes the cell to behave and multiply abnormally. A cancer cell grows and divides rapidly becoming a tumor. Cells from the tumor then spread around the body. Some mutations occur randomly while others are caused from the environment. The mutations can also be triggered by behavioral choices, carcinogens in cigarettes can cause damage to the DNA which leads to the cancer.

Treatments

Subgroups

- Pancreatic Cancer affects an equal amount of men and woman after the age of 45

- African-Americans are 50-90% more likely to get Pancreatic Cancer than any other race in America

Prevention and Delay

There is no way to prevent Pancreatic Cancer because it is a mutation inherited from your parents when you are born. However, Carcinogens in cigarettes can cause damage to DNA which brings on the cancer earlier than a nonsmoker. A way to delay Pancreatic cancer is to not smoke.

Editorial

I learned that Pancreatic Cancer is the 4th deadliest cancer diagnosis due to its habit of not showing up until too late. Pancreatic Cancer is not communicable and is caused by DNA mutations. Pancreatic Cancer can be brought on by environmental and behavioral choices.
10 Things You Didn't Know About Pancreatic Cancer | Cancer Research UK