Pancreatic Cancer Care

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Are You at Risk?

Pancreatic cancer accounts for 3% of all cancers in the U.S., and about 7% of all cancer deaths.

In 2020, more than 57,000 adults were expected to be diagnosed with the condition, which many doctors call a “silent disease.”

That’s because symptoms often go undetected until the condition has spread to other parts of your body.

Source: American Society of Clinical Oncology

Know the Signs

But there is hope if caught early. If you have any of the following, talk to your provider:

  • Abdomen or back pain
  • Jaundice and yellowing eyes
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Unintended weight loss and poor appetite

Lower Your Risk

Pancreatic cancer has several risk factors. Some, like gender and age, can’t be controlled. Men are more likely to develop this condition. And the average age of diagnosis is 70. However, you can take these steps to lower your risk:

  • Do not smoke or use tobacco.
  • Eat a low-fat, high-fiber diet.
  • Exercise regularly to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Limit your alcohol intake.

A Patient Champion

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network named the Enloe Regional Cancer Center a Patient Champion! This honor highlights Enloe’s efforts to provide education to patients facing this cancer.

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