Many public figures have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died from it such as Bonnie Franklin, Steve Jobs, and Patrick Swayze. There are many symptoms that can be detected to tell whether or not you may have pancreatic cancer. Once diagnosed with pancreatic cancer within five years there is a good chance of death. The pancreas secretes insulin and enzymes into the small intestine. Once there, it will continue breaking down food in your stomach. The pancreas regulates the body’s glucose level or sugar levels. so most people who have pancreatic cancer may also have diabetes.
Pancreatic cancer has affected over 53,000 people who were diagnosed with it in the world. Because of the five year expected survival period after diagnosis, only 10,000 are expected to survive.Every year the number of pancreatic cancer victims is increasing. By picking up a few of the most important signs that present themselves when you develop pancreatic cancer you can catch it early before it becomes a major problem.
1. Jaundice, or the yellowing of the eyes and skin
Even the smallest of tumors located in the pancreas can block the bile ducts and most of the pancreas in the process. This bile that builds up, can, in turn, cause jaundice. Jaundice as you may already know, is caused by the buildup of bilirubin under the skin and throughout the rest of the body. Bilirubin is a waste material that builds up in the blood and has no way to escape the body.
Jaundice of the body usually won’t show up until the pancreatic tumor has become a bigger issue in your body, but in some cases it may show up even earlier. You may find that a friend notices you look very yellow, possibly on the skin or maybe just in your eye color.
Then when you go and get it checked out by your general practitioner, on further inspection he may notice that you developed a tumor in your pancreas besides just having jaundice. Thankfully since we caught it in its early stages, it may be possible to reverse it or find another solution.