Pancreatic cancer is one of the more fatal forms of the disease. The American Cancer Society estimates that, in 2021, about 60,430 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and of that number, 48,220 aren’t expected to survive.
However, pancreatic cancer only accounts for about 3-percent of all cancers in the country, adds the source. Like all cancers, finding it as early as possible is always the best scenario to start treatment and to hopefully affect a cure. Here are 12 things to know about the disease to recognize the signs…
Defining Pancreatic Cancer
Not surprisingly, pancreatic cancer begins in the tissues of your pancreas, which is responsible for enzymes that help break down foods and hormones to manage your blood sugar levels.
The Mayo Clinic says pancreatic cancer is a form of cancer that spreads rather quickly to nearby organs and is seldom detected in its earliest stages, which is why the clinic suggests getting screened if you have a family history of the disease or pancreatic cysts.