Why pancreatic cancer is so deadly and early symptoms hard to spot

Why pancreatic cancer is so deadly and early symptoms hard to spot

The charity predict it will become the 4th biggest cancer killer in the United Kingdom within the next five years.

According to estimates, worldwide more than 1,200 people will be diagnosed and 1,180 will die from pancreatic cancer.

They looked at matters relating to access to quality treatment, early screening and detection, behavioural change and alternative healing methods.

Things you should know about pancreatic cancer. "So by the time it's diagnosed it's late stage and hard to treat", Julie Fleshman, president and CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, told CBS News.

There're no specific symptoms in pancreatic cancer's early stage.

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Cape Town - People all around the world will unite today to highlight the need for greater awareness of, funding for, and research into pancreatic cancer - the seventh most common cause of cancer-related deaths globally. These include a family history of pancreatic cancer or other cancers, chronic and hereditary pancreatitis, diabetes, obesity, tobacco use, and a poor diet.

"Things like stomach ache, lower back pain, unexplained weight loss, jaundice, or the yellowing of skin and the eyes, new onset diabetes", Fleshman said.

African-Americans are more likely to develop pancreatic cancer compared to Hispanic, Asian, or Caucasian descent.

It's been two years since Samantha Cranmore lost her best friend, Connie Buchanan, to pancreatic cancer, but she says it still feels like just yesterday. The majority of people are diagnosed over the age of 60. Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate among all major cancers.

Global biopharmaceutical company Celgene, in conjunction with market research firm Ipsos Group, released the results of the Global Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Omnibus Survey of more than 7000 adults in the U.S. and five European countries.

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