More Than Just Deadly: Pancreatic Cancer

Smoking is a habit that’s thoroughly addictive; and over millions of people all over the world are hooked to it. People have different reasons for smoking. Some smoke because they want to relieve their stress; some do it when they’re celebrating something. There are some who have already made a habit, and they have unknowingly associated smoking with another routine like after eating or after having a cup of coffee. We cannot assume if these smokers don’t know the risks that smoking can give them, because even if they wish to quit they find it hard to do so due to the feeling that smoking gives them.

One of the risks caused by smoking is pancreatic cancer. It is known as the deadliest of all the types of cancer that can strike the smoker’s health. Pancreatic cancer spreads very fast, and the sufferer is not able to gain awareness since the symptoms are barely noticeable.  You will already know that you are affected when you experience abdominal pain, weight loss, vomiting and jaundice. When these things occur, it means the cancer has already progressed.

The pancreas is an organ located behind the stomach. It is six inches long and it is the organ responsible for producing enzymes and hormones that assists in digestion. The pancreas also secretes insulin and this is the organ that is most affected by pancreatic cancer.

This disease can also be inherited if your family has a history of pancreatic cancer. You can also be affected by this if you are overweight and you constantly smoke. Pancreatic cancer can be detected through ultrasound, CT scan or MRI. There are also times that you need to go through a biopsy to check for any damage in your pancreatic tissues, this procedure is done when the doctor’s diagnosis is indistinguishable.

Luckily, pancreatic cancer can be treated through radiation and chemotherapy. These are the most common procedures to treat this disease. Other times, surgery is one of the options when the cancer has not metastasized yet. About 29,000 people who suffer from pancreatic cancer every year are able to survive for 5 years, but only 4% of these people have the chance of surviving this long. More often than not, 20% of the sufferers of this disease usually survive at least one year.

The pancreas may not have a direct contact from the cigarette or the smoke each stick produces, but it is one of the organs in our bodies which is deeply affected by each loosey you puff. Though it can be prevented through early detection, it’s still best to prevent ourselves from suffering from this by quitting the smoking habit.