Pancreatic cancer is a class of cancer that occurs when the abnormal cell growth begins in the pancreas. These abnormal cells keep dividing and form lumps of tissue called Tumors. The tumors then disrupt the main function of pancreatic. The more dangerous is when the tumors had success spread to other parts of the body and grow, they may invade and destroy healthy tissue. The process called metastasis, resulting to more serious condition that is difficult to treat.
In the United States, more than 30,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year and more than 60,000 Europe people diagnosed every year. Because pancreatic cancer is usually diagnosed late development, the survival rate in five years after diagnosis is less than 5 percent.
Pancreatic cancer symptoms can be vague and vary depend on what part of the pancreas is affected (in the body, head, or tail) and how big the tumor is.
Symptoms of pancreatic cancer often do not appear until the disease is at an advanced stage, thus making it known as the silent disease. Tumors of pancreatic cancer is usually too small to cause symptoms. However, when the tumor grows, symptoms of pancreatic cancer may include:
- Abdominal Pain
Abdominal pain is a common symptom of pancreatic cancer. This usually occurs in the upper abdomen and may spread throughout the rear. Abdominal pain may worsen when lying down or 3 to 5 hours after meals.
- Weight Loss
People diagnosed with pancreatic cancer may have losing in weight (about 10% of their total body weight) without apparent reason. Weight loss is a common symptom in cancers of the head of the pancreas.
- Loss of Appetite
Loss of appetite is a symptom of hundreds of diseases and conditions, including pancreatic cancer. This can be severe signal, or even associated with something as small as a stomach virus. When symptoms are not obvious like this, medical test is needed to make an accurate diagnosis.
Jaundice, a condition characterized by yellowing of the skin and eyes generally occurs in people with pancreatic cancer. This occurs when the tumor is fully or partially block the bile duct that slowing the flow of bile.
Some people suffering from pancreatic cancer found themself suffering from diabetes. Some have been diagnosed with diabetes in the previous year. If you have diabetes, you do not produce enough insulin. As a result, there is too much sugar in your blood. The sugar is flow out of the body in urine and require lots of water with it.
- Itch in the skin
You may have itching if you have jaundice. Bile salts in the bloodstream cause itching in the skin.
If you experience any pancreatic cancer symptoms above, then see your doctor immediately. Even if they are not associated with pancreatic cancer, they are symptoms that have to aware about.