November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
It is a month of empowerment, education, and inspiration for communities that have been touched by pancreatic cancer.?

Pancreatic cancer begins in the pancreatic cells. The pancreas is an abdominal organ that lies behind the lower part of the stomach. The pancreas has two main functions. It produces digestive enzymes and hormones, such as insulin, that control how our bodies store and use glucose.

There are two forms of pancreatic cancer: exocrine pancreatic cancer, which accounts for approximately 95 percent of all cases, and endocrine or pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, also called Islet cell tumors.

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer can include jaundice, pruritus, dark urines, pale stools than usual, loss of appetite or losing weight without trying to, feeling tired or having no energy, a high temperature, or feeling hot or shivery.

Risk factors for pancreatic cancer are smoking, being overweight, having diabetes, chronic pancreatitis, and certain hereditary conditions.

This month we honor all those who have been affected by pancreatic cancer and reflect on our commitment to improving early detection and a better understanding of the disease.?

Be Pancreatic Cancer Aware!


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