Introduction – World Pancreatic Cancer Day is observed every third Thursday of November to spread awareness about the symptoms, risks, and prevention of pancreatic cancer. In the year 2021, this international is celebrated on November 18. This international day allows several communities to come together for raising awareness and supporting those patients who fight pancreatic cancer.
About pancreatic cancer – This type of cancer develops when an uncontrolled growth of cells begins in a part of the pancreas. The pancreas is situated behind the stomach near the gallbladder and in the back of the abdomen. It has glands that produce hormones including enzymes and insulin.
Symptoms of pancreatic cancer – The symptoms of this type of cancer do not appear until the later stages. There are some of the symptoms of pancreatic cancer are given below –
- Appetite loss
- Blood clots
- Reduce weight
- Swelling of the liver or gallbladder
Causes of pancreatic cancer – Researchers did know about the real causes of pancreatic cancer but several factors that increase the risk of this type of cancer are given below –
- Environment factors
- Being male
- Genetic factors
Some other medical factors that may have a higher risk of pancreatic cancer are given below –
- Inflammation, or chronic pancreatitis of the pancreas.
- Cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver
There are some lifestyle factors that may be responsible for pancreatic cancer are given below –
- Drink alcohol
- Physical inactivity
- Extra weight