Pancreatic Cancer, The Deadliest Of All Due To Its Confusing Symptoms, Recognize It In Time

Without a doubt, pancreatic cancer can end life, when it is not detected in time and does not forgive age, nor does it discriminate. Know the symptoms and treatments.

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Writing this article stirs up my deepest feelings. My mother many years ago, I barely remember, was a victim of terrible pancreatic cancer at the age of 33.

Cancer starts when cells in the pancreas start to grow out of control. It is an organ that is located behind the stomach and ends on the left side of the abdomen, with a length of 18 centimeters. Unfortunately pancreatic cancer goes unnoticed until it is advanced and difficult to cure.

The pancreas produces enzymes and hormones such as insulin, it is in charge of helping our body digest fats in food, and it also controls sugar levels.

Because it is inside the body, it is impossible for specialists to easily detect it, since this organ continues to function with little normality, even when the tumor is present. Only with the symptoms is it detected and many times it is too late.

There are many types of pancreatic cancer, they are divided into two exocrine and endocrine; the first such as: adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinomas, signet ring carcinomas among other scientific names, obstruct the bile duct causing it to accumulate in the body, for this reason many people acquire a yellowish color.

The second are known as neuroendocrine tumors or islet cells, they are rare and are detected when the tumor expands outside the pancreas.

Who can get it?

People who smoke, are overweight, or hereditary.

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Symptoms

Jaundice, pain, and weight loss.

Cancer usually does not cause signs or symptoms at first, however, when other organs of the body are affected, it is when it occurs:

1. Pancreatic cancer in the head of the pancreas

Its symptoms are: Jaundice (which is when the skin turns yellow and the eyes white), the stool is pale in color and the urine is dark, there are pain in the upper or middle part of the abdomen and back, in addition there is a noticeable change due to weight loss, poor appetite, nausea, dizziness, vomiting and fatigue.

2. Gastrointestinal pancreatic cancer

The tumor grows in the areas of the digestive system, for this reason abdominal pain occurs as the tumor grows, pain in the back, swelling, feeling of being satisfied with food, nausea, diarrhea, the color of the stool may be pale, brown, or clay-colored and the urine is dark.

3. Whole-Body pancreatic cancer

It grows all over the body, common symptoms are loss of weight and appetite, malaise, high blood sugar. Some people develop diabetes.

Diagnosis

Tests and procedures that create images of the pancreas and the area around it are performed, such as physical exam and history, blood chemistry, tumor marker test, MRI, CT, ultrasound, endoscopy, laparoscopy, and biopsy.

Recovery

All organisms work differently, so recovery will be based on the size of the tumor, the health of the person affected and if this tumor has spread. Recovery can usually be treated when it has not spread in the body, the most usual is with chemotherapies.

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To avoid tragedies such as death, it is important to always see a specialist, carry out general check-ups to detect anomalies and not wait until it is too late. Many people confuse the yellow color of the body with other types of conditions such as hepatitis, try to go to the doctor and perform tests to rule out pancreatic cancer. You are on time, do not lose faith and take care of your health!

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