Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month:
November marks Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, a time when people across the world come together to fight back against, and raise the profile of, pancreatic cancer!
It is a time of the year when we have the most voices speaking out the disease, raising funds for early diagnosis research and raising awareness in their local communities.
The pancreas is a gland in the abdomen that lies behind the stomach and in front of the spine, with two main functions: digestion and blood sugar regulation. Pancreatic cancer begins when abnormal cells within the pancreas grow out of control and form a tumor.
Pancreatic cancer may cause only vague symptoms, but if you are experiencing one or more of the below unexplained symptoms that are abnormal and persistent, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network urges you to see your doctor and reference pancreatic cancer.
The exact causes of pancreatic cancer are not yet well understood. Research studies have identified certain risk factors that may increase the likelihood that an individual will develop pancreatic cancer.
Risk increases if multiple first-degree relatives had the disease, or any were diagnosed under 50.
A diet high in red and processed meats may increase risk. A diet high in fruits and vegetable may decrease risk.
Obese people have a 20% increased risk of developing the disease compared to people of a normal weight.
African-Americans and Ashkenazi Jews have a higher incidence of pancreatic cancer.
Smoking may cause about 20-30% of all exocrine pancreatic cancer cases.
Slightly more men are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer than women.
The chance of developing pancreatic cancer increases with age.
Long standing (over 5 years) diabetes increases risk.
Chronic pancreatitis increases risk. Risk is even higher for people with hereditary pancreatitis.
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Click on the link below for a brief video of the LifeVac
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Off-duty EMS supervisor saves driver by performing CPRThe supervisor was driving home when he noticed a vehicle leave the road near an intersectionToday at 9:42 AM
Bethesda Magazine reported that the Montgomery County EMS supervisor was driving home when he saw another driver leave the road near an intersection. The supervisor stopped his car, got out and called for help. When he saw the driver was in cardiac arrest, he started CPR. When responders got to the scene, they defibrillated the driver, who survived and was transported to a hospital.
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services spokesman Pete Piringer said it was "very fortunate" that the supervisor was on scene.
"It's our responsibility. We're public servants. If we can help and we can do it safely, then we will," Piringer said.