Tuesday, November 3, 2009

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month

So lets learn a little bit about it, shall we??

- This year, 42,470 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and 35,240 will die from the disease

- No early detection or screening exam is currently available for pancreatic cancer

- An estimated 76% of patients will die within one year of diagnosis

- Many symptoms of pancreatic cancer are vague and can be attributed to a variety of other conditions

- Risk factors include but are not limited to family history of the disease, obesity and smoking

There are lots of resources out there with more information, such as the Mayo Clinic website. I recently found the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network website, and its great. You can find information about the disease, ways to get involved in advocacy efforts, and the best part- survivor stories.

Check it out!

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