Why is pancreatic cancer so deadly?

Often referred to as the “silent killer”, pancreatic cancer kills around 9,000 people each year in the UK.

It is the 10th most common cancer in the UK but is responsible for the fifth most common death.

Cancer’s shockingly low survival rate makes it one of the most feared tumors doctors treat.

Not only that, it’s incredibly hard to see effectively in the early stages.

Why is pancreatic cancer so deadly?

Pancreatic cancer is deadly because, in the early stages of the tumor, when it is best treatable, it spreads through your body with almost no symptoms.

There are currently no screening tools to effectively identify the cancer, which has led to it becoming the deadliest of all common cancers.

Terrifyingly, only seven percent of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive the five-year mark.

The cancer surrounds itself with tough tissue, which makes it difficult to treat. The survival rate has not changed in over 40 years, despite major medical advances in other areas of cancer treatment.

The pancreas is a long and flat gland that aids digestion, regulates blood sugar levels, and lies horizontally behind your abdomen. Its location makes the operation difficult and, unfortunately, is in an excellent position for the cancer to spread to other internal organs.

Most patients die of liver failure after being taken over by the tumor.

What are the first symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

The early stages of pancreatic cancer are incredibly difficult to spot without scans and blood tests, but here are symptoms to look out for:

  • The whites of your eyes or skin turn yellow
  • Loss of appetite or weight loss without trying
  • do you feel tired
  • High temperature or sensation of heat or tremors
  • Urine and stools are darker than usual
  • Itchy skin

According to the NHSOther symptoms that can affect your digestion due to the pancreas’ role in this process include:

  • Feeling sick or being sick
  • Pain in the upper part of your stomach and back that may feel worse when you eat or lie down, and better when you bend forward
  • Symptoms of indigestion, such as bloating

If you get any of these symptoms, contact yours Doctor immediately.

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