Pancreatic cancer has seen a noticeable increase in recent years. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), it is currently listed among the 5 most deadly cancers, behind lung, breast, stomach, and colon cancer.
But according to works published in specialized magazines like Science Daily, in 2030 it could rise ranks to be the second most deadly. This is extremely worrying, especially considering the fact that this type of cancer generally goes undetected and is asymptomatic at first.
You can’t forget one important fact, however: if pancreatic cancer ranks more deadly in the upcoming decades, this means that science has advanced and death rates from breast or colon cancer have continued to decline.
This is something positive to keep in mind. We can’t forget that cancer is a disease to be treated, not a death sentence. It means you need to fight, and have confidence in science, which keeps advancing every day.
Today, we would like to talk about what could be causing this increase in pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer numbers will increase in the next few years
One fact that you can’t leave behind is that life expectancy is growing longer. This means there’s a larger population of elderly individuals that could develop certain diseases.
Pancreatic cancer generally appears between 46 and 75 years of age. The most common age to be diagnosed, however, is 71. From then on, your risk of contracting pancreatic cancer increases.
If you add certain risk factors to this, like smoking, family history or certain pancreatic diseases, the number of cancer patients increases.
- When it comes to pancreatic cancer, you can’t attribute 100% of it to these factors. Experts indicate that currently we still do not know exactly what causes this disease.
People around the age of 40, for example, that lead a healthy lifestyle, can still be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
This is why scientists indicate that the most difficult part of controlling this disease is related to the following:
The complexity of diagnosing
As we talked about earlier, one reason that pancreatic cancer can be the second most deadly cancer (after lung cancer), is that breast, stomach, or colon cancer sufferers have a great life expectancy, thanks to better treatments.
- Basically what happens is the pancreas is located deep within the abdomen. It is difficult to access to visualize with conventional exploration methods.
- Another thing to remember is that patients generally don’t experience symptoms during the first stages, which is precisely when the disease is most easily treated. It is definitely complex.
Factors to keep in mind
Scientists revealed this study through various means around the world, with one very clear purpose: to make large organizations aware of the need to invest in better methods, and better treatments, along with professionals capable of deeper exploration of this type of cancer. In a few years, it could become one of the most lethal types.
In the mean time, they continue fighting around the clock to face an older population that is at higher risk of contracting certain types of diseases. These diseases are considered to be serious, and it is absolutely vital that we invest in health and medicine.
We know that there is no way to 100% avoid this, or any other type of cancer. But always take good care of your life habits to help fight against it, to be well, to use your natural defenses, antibodies and energy…
Keeping these things in mind could help you fight off pancreatic cancer:
- Avoid bad habits, like smoking or drinking.
- Fight obesity.
- Avoid leading a sedentary lifestyle: put your body in motion every day by going on walks or doing simple aerobic exercises.
- Pancreatic cancer is more common in diabetic patients. It’s important to keep this in mind.
- Having chronic pancreatitis is another factor. If this is your case, you should definitely get more tests run, and take more control measures.
- Increase your consumption of vitamin C, fluids, fresh produce, and foods rich in antioxidants. Also, see your doctor for the possibility of taking vitamin D.
- Avoid foods that are high in fat, and don’t forget to consume olive oil and easily digested grains.