Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month: Pancreatic cancer is currently the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. While medical advancements have helped increase the survival rate of many forms of cancer, prognosis of pancreatic cancer is very poor with just 8 percent of patients surviving five years after diagnosis.
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month: an annual event that helps spread awareness of the deadly disease. This year, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is asking people to Wage Hope Together, in an effort to double the survival rate by 2020.
To commemorate Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, all of us here at Healtheo360 are showing our support by wearing purple ribbons, a symbol of the disease. While pancreatic cancer can be inherited, there are several risk factors that increase a person’s chances of getting pancreatic cancer. Here are three ways to prevent pancreatic cancer:
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month- Prevention Tip #1: Fight Obesity
Obesity is known to cause a number of health problems, including pancreatic cancer. In fact, people who are overweight are 20 percent more likely to develop the disease. To combat obesity, adopt a healthy diet that includes many small portions of fruits and vegetables. Also, consider exercising to help you lose weight, aiming for 1 to 2 pounds each week.
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month- Prevention Tip #2: Stop Smoking
Smoking is one of the leading causes of cancer. 20 to 30 percent of pancreatic cancers are thought to be associated with smoking. If you are a smoker, it is important you stop as soon as possible to lower the risk health problems. Smokeless tobacco products can also increase the risk of pancreatic cancer, so avoid tobacco products altogether.
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month- Prevention Tip #3: Avoid Chemicals
Certain chemicals, such as those used in dry cleaning, can increase a person’s risk of pancreatic cancer. Workers in the metal industry may also be at an increased risk of developing the disease. Be sure to avoid direct inhalation of these hazardous chemicals by wearing a surgical mask or protective gear