The World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition established the celebration of World Pancreatic Cancer Day every third Thursday of November to raise real awareness about this very aggressive health problem.
Pancreatic cancer occurs when the cells of this organ develop mutations in their DNA. If these harmful cells grow uncontrollably, they accumulate and can form a tumor. Generally, the mutation usually begins in the cells that line the ducts of the pancreas and rarely in those that produce hormones.
He origin of pancreatic cancer It may be due to any previous pathology that the patient has or family history. Some diseases that can lead to pancreatic cancer are chronic pancreatitis, type 1 diabetes, liver cirrhosis, insulin resistance or frequent stomach pains.
Some habits such as high alcohol consumption, frequent exposure to chemicals or smoking can also lead to a serious health problem such as pancreatic cancer.
This 2023, World Pancreatic Cancer Day is celebrated on November 16 and throughout this day there will be informative talks, educational activities awareness and sensitizationas well as information about the symptoms and risks of pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is a disease that has a high mortality rate. In Spain, 9,200 cases of pancreatic cancer are detected every year, according to the Spanish Society of Medical Oncology. Although it is not one of the most common cancers, it is one of the most deadly. In 2021, the number of deaths rose to 7,663.
Its high mortality is explained by the fact that its diagnosis is usually late, it is not a cancer that presents clear signs and if there are any, they can be confused with those of other ailments. For this reason, it is essential that medical check-ups be carried out to detect this type of cancer as soon as possible.
Symptoms of pancreatic cancer
Main symptoms What pancreatic cancer can present in the body are nausea, abdominal pain, lower back pain, light-colored stools, dark-colored urine, blood clots, itchy skin, yellowish skin, fatigue, loss of appetite or having diabetes.
Doesn’t exist yet no diagnostic test for this health problem, therefore, it is important to go to the doctor if any suspicious symptoms occur.
The treatment of pancreatic cancer is similar to that of other cancers. The main therapies are surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy or targeted therapy.