Many cancer deaths are associated with pancreatic cancer. This is because it is till date very hard to diagnose. The pancreas is a major organ associated with the digestive system of our body. Its main role is in metabolism.
The pancreas is responsible for producing pancreatic juice that assists digestion in the small intestine. This is produced by the endocrine pancreas. The endocrine pancreas is responsible for producing insulin necessary to regulate the metabolism of glucose. Most commonly found in males and in older people. It is claimed that alcohol, smoking, poor diet, overweight, chronic pancreatitis and diabetics assist the risk of pancreatic cancer. Heredity genes have also shown to play a part.
Like most conditions, the cancer grows silently within the pancreas. Any discomfort an individual may feel are so mild that they are most likely not taken seriously. While symptoms do not appear, the malignant tumor is growing behind the stomach. Only when the tumor becomes obstructive (by growing larger) in the functioning of the body do we get our first tentative warning signs of trouble. This may, at times, be too late. That is why some experts call it the ‘silent killer’.
The first signs of abdominal pain that does not go away should give you some thing to worry about. The pain is due to the tumor pressing never cells creating pressure points. With the pancreas unable, to function at its desired level the first effects are to the individuals’ digestive system. Jaundice like systems appear with yellowing of the skin.
The individual will soon begin to loose weight, as the digestive system is unable to assimilate the food. With the digestive system out of gear, there will be loss of appetite. This is due to the lack of digestive enzymes. This causes a difficulty in digesting fatty goods, carbohydrates, and proteins. As the condition builds, the individual is likely to experience nausea and vomiting. High levels of Bilirubin will be found in the blood due to the obstruction of the bile ducts.
With the tumor, growing within the abdominal area the function of the digestive though completely disrupted is not the only organ affected; the liver will start to play up, so will the spleen. With the digestive system unable to provide the necessary nutrients into the blood stream, the entire system will suffer the consequences.
It is therefore recommended to react to such variances at the very earliest if you are an older person or a male. Early infection is easily checked with medication. Prevention may be the best cure by having a healthy lifestyle of proper diet and exercise.