Until now, pancreatic cancer It is considered a rare disease, but it is the most deadly and difficult to diagnose. The year affects 1,600 Peruvians and causes 1,430 deaths. These figures are mostly due to the fact that the population does not know the place of the pancreas in the organism, what it is for and how to treat it.
For World Day Against Pancreatic Cancer referred to as November 16th League Against Cancer and other assets launch campaign Place your pancreasIn order to inform the public that this evil is dangerous and deadly.
Anti-Cancer League Specialists provide ten real information about the organism you don't know about the pancreas and how to handle it.
1. Location and anatomy. The pancreas is a small organ, 15 to 23 centimeters long, located in the abdominal cavity. Behind the abdomen, behind the abdomen and in front of the spine. Depending on its anatomy, the pancreas consists of three main regions: the head part is the part that fits the duodenum, the body and the tail.
2. Function of the pancreas. It has the first two functions that produce digestive juices and enzymes that help digestion of proteins, sugars and fats, which help in the metabolism, digestion and nutrition of nutrients, which can pass through the gut. . The second function is the production of hormones such as insulin and glucagon, which regulate the body's use of sugar.
3. Pancreatic related diseases. Most of them are diabetes, pancreatitis or pancreatic inflammation, pancreatic cysts and in the worst case pancreatic cancer.
4. Pancreatic cancer. It is one of the most deadly carcinoma types known. In recent years, this disease has grown alarmingly in the ten deadest cancers in Peru.
5. Difficult early diagnosis. In most cases, this disease is confused with gastrointestinal problems. In addition, its location complicates routine examination, which is one of the more complicated factors of early detection.
6. Survival rate. 95% of cases with pancreatic cancer are diagnosed in advanced stages and disease patients can survive for up to 6 months.
7. Risk factors. Obesity, meat consumption, alcohol and tobacco consumption may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. Other effective factors are diabetes and chronic pancreatitis.
8. Hereditary. If a family member suffers from this type of cancer, the risk of suffering from it increases, but this is not a rule. It is recommended that screening tests be carried out periodically.
9. Alarm signals. Some symptoms and signs of pancreatic cancer include abdominal pain, weight loss, changes in blood clotting, jaundice or yellowing (skin and eyes), nausea and vomiting are less common, new onset diabetes, others.
10. Prevention The best way to avoid pancreatic cancer is to avoid risk factors and to have a healthy lifestyle as follows: We take care of our weight, choosing healthy foods such as vegetables and fresh fruits, avoiding red meats and also fat or sugary foods. It is also important to avoid the sedentary lifestyle and to do some kind of sport, eliminating the consumption of tobacco and alcohol.