Things To Know About Pancreatic Cancer

After the recent passing of genius and innovator Steve Jobs people all over the world are

becoming more aware of the deadly disease known as pancreatic cancer.

Art of Care is no stranger to pancreatic cancer for many of our patients struggle with this

killing machine.

We found a great article on Shape Magazine's website about important things you should

know about pancreatic cancer.

 

5 Things You Should Know About Pancreatic Cancer

1. Pancreatic cancer is one of the few cancers for which survival has not improved substantially over nearly 40 years. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), not many advances have been made when it comes to pancreatic cancer. In fact, pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. An estimated 44,030 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the U.S., and more than 37,660 will die from the disease.

2. Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers. It's estimated by the ACS that 94 percent of pancreatic cancer patients will die within five years of diagnosis, and only 6 percent will survive more than five years. A total of 74 percent of patients die within the first year of a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

3. Genetics plays a role. Like most diseases and cancers, a family history of pancreatic cancer is a risk factor.

4. Smoking, obesity and heavy drinking has been linked to pancreatic cancer. Lifestyle choices can affect your risk of getting pancreatic cancer. According to WebMD, the unhealthy practices of smoking, weighing too much and drinking heavily, all can increase your risk.

To read the full article, please visit: http://www.shape.com/blogs/shape-your-life/5-things-you-should-know-about-pancreatic-cancer

 

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