What Are the Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer?

Q:

What are the causes, symptoms and treatment of pancreatic cancer?

A:

It’s still unclear what causes pancreatic cancer. But sicentists have identified some risk factors that are most likely to cause pancreatic cancer. The biggest risk factor for developing pancreatic cancer is smoking. Smokers are twice as likely to develop the disease compared to non-smokers.
Other causes of pancreatic cancer include:

Obesity,
Work-related exposure to certain pesticides, dyes, and other chemicals,
Aging, as most patients are diagnosed after 65,
Being male,
African-American,
Family history of the disease,
Diabetes,
Certain genetic disorders.

As for symptoms, in the early stages, pancreatic cancer may cause no symptoms, or if it does the symptoms may resemble other illnesses. When certain symptoms do appear, they include:

Yellowing of the skin and of the whites of the eyes (jaundice),
Light-colored stools,
Dark urine,
Unexplained weight loss,
Fatigue,
Pain in the upper abdomen that radiates to your back,
Depression,
New-onset diabetes.

Treatments for pancreatic cancers differ from stage to stage. The standard treatments for pancreatic cancer include :

Surgery
Radiation therapy
Chemotherapy
Chemoradiation therapy
Targeted therapy

Patients may consider clinical trials as an option as well.

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