Thursday, January 20, 2011

Your Pancreas and Early Warnings

Cancer can be seen as a failure of the immune system, which fights a war throughout our lifetimes, killing cancers before they can grow or even as they begin to form.

We are all hostage to our pancreas. Many people are never even aware they
have one. But when pancreatic cancer strikes, it's often too late to stop it.

Even a person with the resources of Steve Jobs must battle for his life,
when his pancreas turns deadly. The widely-admired genius, who created
Apple, underwent surgery in 2004.

Your pancreas looks something like a pear, and is a crucial part of your digestive system. It secretes important hormones, including insulin, to process sugars, and digestive juices to process your food intake.

How does pancreatic cancer form? Cells in your pancreas can develop
genetic mutations.

The mutating cells grow like wildfire, and spread, and to continue living after normal cells would die. These accumulating cells can form a mass, or tumor.

Pancreatic cancer typically spreads rapidly. It's rarely detected in its early stages. That's why it's a leading cause of cancer death.

Here are some of the key signs, early warnings you should watch out for----

Upper abdominal pain, that may radiate to your back
Yellowing of your skin, and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)
Loss of appetite
Weight loss
Blood clots

Of course, any of these signs could be symptoms of some other problem, maybe something much less serious.

It's always a good thing for your doctor to check for other conditions, as well as for pancreatic cancer.

Steve Jobs has announced another hiatus from Apple. We are pulling hard
for him to win his battle--- a fight for his life against a very rare form of pancreatic cancer - reportedly, an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor.

His is a cancer that can possibly be cured, but only if diagnosed early, (unlike the deadlier and more common adenocarcinoma).

Remember... signs and symptoms may not appear, until pancreatic cancer is
too advanced for surgical removal.

Nevertheless, your best chance against all cancers, always, is boosting your immune system through nutrition and exercise, and by maintaining your own self-vigilance.=

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