Pancreatic Cancer

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Imagine a disease that kills over 34,000 Americans a year— this disease is pancreatic cancer. Now, imagine that one of your family members or friends have this tragic disease. Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest diseases in the world because it is one of the hardest to diagnose and cure. Tragically, by the time pancreatic cancer is diagnosed it is already too late to help the diagnosed patients before they pass.

The pancreas is a vital organ in your body, and without it you will most definitely die. The pancreas is an organ found deep in the body, behind the stomach. It is about six inches long and about two inches wide. This organ spans the abdominal region. This organ is vital to human survival because it produces two very important excretions, pancreatic juices and insulin. Pancreatic juices break down the proteins and fats in the food that we eat so we can use the nutrients. Insulin is used to break the glucose in your food down into energy for your body which regulates the sugar levels in your bloodstream ( Basically, the pancreas could be called one of the most useful organs in the body and if we didn’t have one we wouldn’t be able to break down food and regulate our blood sugar levels.

Pancreatic cancer is caused by the out-of-control growth of cells in the pancreas. The overproduction of cells causes abnormal growths in the pancreas tissue which is classified as a tumor. Tumors interfere with the normal functions of the pancreas which cause your pancreas to slowly start to shut down. An example of a person who had just passed from pancreatic cancer would be Apple’s co-founder and director, Steve Jobs (image show below)
As explained before pancreatic cancer is very deadly and even if it is diagnosed it is usually too late to treat. Well, in Steve Jobs’ case he lived…...

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