Dr Oz did a segment called The Cancer Doctors Fear Most: Pancreatic Cancer. Doctor Oz said that, as a doctor, not many things scare him, but Pancreatic Cancer is an exception because it grows silently for decades and when you find out about it, it is often too late. The good news is that there may just be a miracle – a Pancreatic Cancer Vaccine. Plus, learn about Pancreatic Cancer Warning Signs and Pancreatic Cancer Risk Factors. Please help us spread the word and save lives by sending this article to all of your friends and family members! Also, do nor forget to read about what Dr Oz called the #1 Risk Factor for Pancreatic Cancer.
Dr Oz: Pancreatic Cancer Vaccine & Statistics
Dr Oz said that the pancreas produces insulin to regulate blood sugar, and less than 5% of people who are diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer are alive 5 years after they receive their diagnosis. Usually Pancreatic Cancer is caught only after it has spread to other organs. The good news is that Pancreatic Tumors grow slowly and do not turn deadly for 10-20 years, which really opens the door up for early diagnosis. Dr Oz was joined by two doctors who are at the front line of Pancreatic Cancer: Dr Diane Simeone, the President of the American Pancreatic Association, and Dr Elizabeth Jaffee, founder of the Pancreas Cancer Vaccine and Director of Translational Research at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr Oz: Why Does Pancreatic Cancer Kill So Quickly?
The reason that Pancreatic Cancer kills so quickly after being diagnosed is because there is no good early detection test like the colonoscopy or the mammogram. The Pancreas is difficult to get at, so usually people get diagnosed when it is too late. They are currently working on a blood test that will allow early stage detection of Pancreatic Cancer.
Dr Oz: Why is Pancreatic Cancer Harder to Screen For Than Other Cancer?
Pancreatic Cancer is harder to screen for because it grows silently inside of us and there are often no symptoms. Many patients are not amenable to treatment, and only 15% of patients are candidates for surgical treatment of Pancreatic Cancer. Dr Oz said that the fact that it is a slow growing cancer actually gives us a lot of hope, because if we can detect it early, we can make it preventable or at least treatable.
Dr Oz: Pancreatic Cancer Life Expectancy After Diagnosis
The life expectancy of a person who is diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer can be just weeks according to Dr Jaffee, but it can be 3-6 months if you are in an advanced stage, or even a few years if you are eligible to undergo surgery. This is why it is so critical that everyone learn the warning signs of Pancreatic Cancer:
Dr Oz: Pancreatic Cancer Warning Signs
1. Unexplained upper abdominal pain that radiates to your back. This is often caused by the tumor compressing structures around it.