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World Pancreatic Cancer Day

November 15th, 2018

USA HPB surgeon Dr. Jacob Dowden is fellowship trained to treat conditions of the pancreas, including pancreatic cancer. He's pictured above (left) with his team, nurse Megan and medical assistant, Maribel and information from World Pancreatic Cancer Day. org. Click here to learn more about Dr. Dowden. 

The following excerpts are copied  from http://www.worldpancreaticcancerday.org/. Please click the link to visit their site to learn more.  

Thursday, Nov. 15 is

 World pancreatic cancer day


WHAT IS  PANCREATIC CANCER?

  • Pancreatic cancer begins when abnormal cells within the pancreas grow out of control and form a tumor. The pancreas is a gland in the abdomen that lies behind the stomach and in front of the spine, with two main functions: digestion and blood sugar regulation.

  • Find more information at World Pancreatic Cancer Day Website

WHAT ARE  THE SYMPTOMS?

Pancreatic cancer often doesn’t cause any signs or symptoms in the early stages, which can make it hard to diagnose early. Symptoms can also be vague and may come and go, while the severity can also vary for each person. You may not have any or all of these symptoms. 
It’s important to remember that symptoms can be caused by more common things. They can also be caused by conditions such as pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), gallstones, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or hepatitis (inflammation of the liver).

Find more information at World Pancreatic Cancer Day Website

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