Pancreatic cancer is set to become the second deadliest cancer by 2030, a new research predicts.
Pancreatic cancer is sometimes called a “silent” disease because symptoms are rarely present in its early stages. Many patients have advanced disease by the time it becomes noticeable to the patient and doctors. If symptoms are present, they are often vague. Patients may experience different symptoms depending on the location, type and stage of the cancer. Symptoms that commonly lead to diagnosis include: jaundice, abdominal and/or back pain, new-onset diabetes, unexplained weight loss and loss of appetite. A person with advanced pancreatic cancer may also experience ascites (fluid in the abdomen) and blood clots. Symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, digestive difficulties and depression may occur at any time.
What Causes Pancreatic Cancer?
Cancer is ultimately the result of cells that uncontrollably grow and do not die. Normal cells in the body follow an orderly path of growth, division, and death. Programmed cell death is called apoptosis, and when this process breaks down, cancer results. Pancreatic cancer cells do not experience programmatic death, but instead continue to grow and divide. Although scientists do not know exactly what causes these cells to behave this way, they have identified several potential risk factors.
Carcinogens For Pancreatic Cancer:
Carcinogens are a class of substances that are directly responsible for damaging DNA, promoting or aiding cancer. Certain pesticides, dyes, and chemicals used in metal refining are thought to be carcinogenic, increasing the risk of developing pancreatic cancer. When our bodies are exposed to carcinogens, free radicals are formed that try to steal electrons from other molecules in the body. Theses free radicals damage cells, affecting their ability to function normally, and the result can be cancerous growths.
Pancreatic Cancer fatalities
Today lung, prostate and colorectal cancers are currently the number one, two, and three cancer killers of men in the United States, while for women the ranking is lung, breast and colorectal cancer.
Lung cancer is predicted to remain the top cancer killer in 2030. But, the study team found that the second biggest cancer killer of both men and women combined will shift to pancreatic cancer, followed by liver cancer.
How Can Pancreatic Cancer Be Prevented?
There are no established guidelines or recommendations for preventing pancreatic cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. However, it is advisable to quit smoking because cigarette use is thought to be a main factor in 20-30% of pancreatic cancers. In general, physicians recommend standard preventive measures such as keeping a healthy weight, exercising, and increasing consumption of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while decreasing red meat intake. There is no evidence, however, that following these dietary guidelines will prevent or reduce pancreatic cancer.
Some studies suggest that certain vitamins can reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer. Vitamin D has been associated with reducing the risk of several types of cancer, including pancreatic cancer. B vitamins such as B12, B6, and folate that are consumed in food (not in pill or tablet form) have also been suggested to reduce pancreatic cancer risk.
Dr. Anirban Maitra, co-director and scientific director of the Sheikh Ahmed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, stressed that “pancreatic cancer is a very difficult disease to detect and treat.” And given insufficient funding for research, he expressed little surprise with the projected trends.
“We’ve known for years that pancreatic cancer was one of the few cancers for which the incidence and death rate were on the rise,” he said, “while other major cancers have benefitted from significant progress leading to a decline in death rates. However, the publishing of this study is a stark reminder that much work lies ahead to improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients.”
Homeopathic Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer
Welling Clinic offers customised Homeopathic treatment for pancreatic cancer. We have experienced better outcome in the earlier stages and if the Homeopathic treatment protocol is started before chemo therapy. Once the body is exposed to chemo therapy cycles, it becomes very difficult to reverse the bad effects of chemo and at the same time control the pancreatic cancer. Hence we always advise that its better to start Homeopathic treatment of pancreatic cancer at the earliest.