World Pancreatic Cancer Day was actually *yesterday*, November 18. However, a dear friend of mine of more than 25 years was recently diagnosed, and one of the things he’s asked his circle to do is to help raise awareness.
Part of the reason that pancreatic cancer is so deadly is that it doesn’t have a whole lot of warning signs, so it’s mostly not caught until it’s late-stage.
My friend is lucky – he’d recently been diagnosed with diabetes and so had a medical team paying close attention to what was going on with the gastrointestinal tract. They were able to quickly do surgery, he’s now started chemo, and we’re all cautiously optimistic he’ll at least get enough years to see his first-year daughter graduate college and get launched.
(New-onset diabetes is, in fact, one of the markers.)
If you have a first-degree relative (parent, child, sibling) who’s had pancreatic cancer, experts recommend you have genetic biomarker testing performed.
Learn what else you can do to raise awareness of this often deadly, but treatable if it’s caught early, disease.
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