Doctors explain the risks of pancreatic cancer and how to help lower them.
Cancer has been more curable and the survival rate has increased for numerous types of cancer as a result of screenings that can help spot cancer early and medical advancements. According to annual figures released by the American Cancer Society, the chance of dying from cancer in the United States has dropped during the past 28 years (ACS). Between its peak in 1991 and 2019, the most recent year for which data were available, the combined cancer death rate for men and women dropped by 32%. Given that more people are receiving lung cancer diagnoses at an earlier stage of the disease, some of this decline appears to be linked to an increase in the number of lung cancer patients who are living longer after diagnosis."
Nevertheless, beating cancer is not an easy task, and many different varieties continue to be hard to detect in the early stages, such pancreatic cancer, which lowers the overall survival rate. The ACS states, "Finding pancreatic cancer early is challenging. Early tumours cannot be seen or felt by healthcare professionals since the pancreas is deep inside the body. The majority of the time, symptoms don't appear until the disease has spread to other organs or grown quite large."
The ACS and CDC predict that "62,210 persons (32,970 men and 29,240 women) will receive a pancreatic cancer diagnosis this year." "A total of 25,970 men and 23,860 women will pass away from pancreatic cancer in 2019. About 3% of cancer cases and 7% of cancer-related fatalities in the US are caused by pancreatic cancer. Men are slightly more likely than women to experience it." CNN claims, "According to specialists, pancreatic cancer accounts for around 95% of all deaths. Because there are typically no signs in the early stages, when the tumour would be most amenable to treatment, it is extremely fatal.