DO YOU KNOW YOUR PANCREAS?

The pancreas is a gland in the abdomen that lies behind the stomach and in front of the spine, with two main functions: digestion and blood sugar regulation. Pancreatic cancer begins when abnormal cells within the pancreas grow out of control and form a tumor.

Learn more about the pancreas and pancreatic cancer.

LEARN THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

Pancreatic cancer may cause only vague symptoms, but if you are experiencing one or more of the below unexplained symptoms, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network urges you to see your doctor.

Get more info on the signs and symptoms.

Abdominal or mid-back pain
Loss of appetite
Jaundice
Weight loss
Nausea
Change in stool
Recent onset diabetes

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KNOW THE RISK FACTORS

The exact causes of pancreatic cancer are not yet well understood. Research studies have identified certain risk factors that may increase the likelihood that an individual will develop pancreatic cancer.

Learn more about the risk factors.

Family History

Risk increases if multiple first-degree relatives had the disease, or any were diagnosed under 50.

Diet

A diet high in red and processed meats may increase risk. A diet high in fruits and vegetable may decrease risk.

Obesity

Obese people have a 20% increased risk of developing the disease compared to people of a normal weight.

Race

African-Americans and Ashkenazi Jews have a higher incidence of pancreatic cancer.

Smoking

Smoking may cause about 20-30% of all exocrine pancreatic cancer cases.

Gender

Slightly more men are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer than women.

Age

The chance of developing pancreatic cancer increases with age.

Diabetes

Long standing (over 5 years) diabetes increases risk.

Pancreatitis

Chronic pancreatitis increases risk. Risk is even higher for people with hereditary pancreatitis.

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TEST YOUR
KNOWLEDGE

How #PANCaware are you? Take our quiz to find out!

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ASSESS YOUR
RISK

Take our Risk Assessment Test to gauge your risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

Knowing the risk factors is important.
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SPREAD THE WORD

Better progress starts with early detection, and the key to early detection is raising awareness about the symptoms and risks of pancreatic cancer.

Help us raise awareness as we fight to double survival by 2020 and Demand Better for pancreatic cancer patients and their loved ones!

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