NORFOLK, Va. – November is cancer awareness.
According to the Eastern Virginia Medical School, by 2020 it is estimated to be the leading cause of cancer death.
They said it’s an overlooked disease.
The pancreas is located behind the stomach. Its functions are to help with digestion and to produce hormones that regulate blood glucose levels.
EVMS staff said that early detection and treatment of cancer is often difficult, and the prognosis is very poor.
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They said Portsmouth and Suffolk are particularly severely affected by the mortal cancer.
“Tobacco use is the most consistent risk factor for pancreatic cancer”, a release from Centers for Disease Control is given. “About 20 percent of all cases in the pancreas case can be attributed to cigarette smoking.”
They also said that men have a higher risk of developing cancer compared with women, as well as African Americans.
Right now, it is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
CDC said that you might be able to reduce the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by avoiding smoking and tobacco products and maintaining a healthy body weight.