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Because this cancer spreads very quickly throughout the body and the symptoms of the disease don’t usually appear until the cancer is at an advanced stage, it is a leading cause of death compared to other cancers. In the United States, pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of death with approximately 46,420 Americans diagnosed with the disease and over 39,590 dying from it (Source: American Cancer Society: Cancer Facts & Figures 2014). What are some signs of Pancreatic Cancer? What are the morbidity and mortality rates? Signs of pancreatic cancer include pain in the upper abdomen that can penetrate all the way to the back of the neck, blood clots, weight loss, depression, loss of appetite, or jaundice (Mayoclinic).
You are more prone to this cancer if you are postmenopausal or have never been pregnant. Cancer is a very serious disease that has many forms, symptoms and causes. Treatments vary and may not always be effective. You cannot prevent cancer but there are many things you can do to help your chances in staying cancer free. Works Cited "Advantages & Disadvantages of Radiation Therapy."
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Cancer is the second leading cause of death in America with the first being heart disease. Most people know someone who has cancer, who has died of cancer, or who survived cancer. Cancer treatment is costly, and it isn’t always effective. The most deadly form of cancer is melanoma. Every year 70,000 Americans develop it and 9,000 die from it.
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