What is pancreatic cancer?
Pancreatic cancer will start in the pancreas and the most known type is called pancreatic adenocarcinoma. The pancreas is an organ found behind the stomach. The pancreas consists of three parts, the head which is located to the right side of the belly, close to the small intestine, then there is the body of the pancreas that’s behind the stomach and finally, the tail of the pancreas that’s found on the left side of the belly near the spleen.
To this day there still is no direct cause for pancreatic cancer. But scientists and physicians have found certain risk factors that can increase the probability of developing pancreatic cancer. These will be discussed next.
There are many risk factors that can be preventable by adopting a healthier lifestyle which includes daily physical activity, balanced nutrition, a stress-releasing practice, and adequate sleep. To reduce the risk of developing pancreatic cancer it is advised to stay away from smoking. Around 25% of pancreatic cancers are due to smoking cigarettes. Maintaining a physical routine will help keep you at a healthy weight preventing obesity which could place you at higher risk for cancer. Having chronic pancreatitis can also increase the chances of pancreatic cancer.
Symptoms for pancreatic cancer are the following:
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin)
- Itchy skin
- Darker than usual urine
- Constant abdominal pain
- Blood clots
Although there is no absolute way of preventing cancer, getting routine check-ups and screenings will help in reducing the risk of developing cancer. Partaking in daily physical activity, eating wholesome balanced nutrition, and managing stress are some other simple ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle and minimize the risks of cancer attacking the body.