This is an organ in our body that is located behind the stomach and plays an important role in regulating digestion and blood sugar, and if this organ starts to malfunction it is very difficult to detect due to its position in the abdomen.
There is a dangerous disease related to pancreas and pancreatic cancer, which is the fourth most deadly for people in cancer in the United States, and is often called the silent killer, because the symptoms that are detectable at the tumor has grown beyond operable dimensions and risk factors are obesity and smoking.
There are also some warning signs that help in early detection, and if these symptoms occur, and if your family has a history of this disease, you should consult a doctor immediately.
This cancer can be caused by an abnormal growth of cells within the pancreas that can form a tumor, and two types of pancreatic cells, and these exocrine cells that secrete enzymes that help digestion and endocrine cells that secrete hormones like the insulin and glucagon.
There are two types of pancreatic cancer that can manifest very differently, and they are exocrine pancreatic tumors representing about 94 percent of pancreatic cancers and neuroendocrine pancreatic tumors make up another 6 percent of pancreatic cancers.
THE SYMPTOMS OF PANCREATIC ESPANIC CANCER
This is almost always the first symptom of this type of cancer and is identified by a characteristic yellow color of the eyes and skin, which is the cause of bilirubin accumulation due to the blockage of the common bile duct. Tumors that form inside the pancreas are close to the bile duct and compress it, causing a blockage and when the tumor spreads outside the pancreas, it will move quickly towards the liver, which in turn will cause jaundice. Just before the eyes and skin become noticeably yellow, jaundice can be identified by gray or fatty stools, darker and itchy urine.
Weight loss, pain, vomiting, and nausea.
When this type of tumor is enlarged, it presses on the other organs of the abdomen, which more often will be painful or hinder the passage of food, which in turn will cause nausea, vomiting and pain that increase after eating. Moreover, those who suffer from this cancer will experience an unexplained weight loss and will not have an appetite and, when it starts to spread, it will spread into the surrounding environment causing intense back pain.
This disease produces blood clots caused by damaged tissue and also inflammatory responses that emit chemicals that activate the coagulation system in the bodies. In most cases, causing deep vein thrombosis identified by redness, swelling and heat in the large veins of the legs and pulmonary embolism also occurs when a blood clot travels to the lungs, causing chest pain and difficulty breathing.
Abnormalities of adipose tissue.
If the pancreas normally works it secretes enzymes used to digest fat and when this process is interrupted due to tumors, the fat is not broken down properly and starts building up in strange places and, over time, this brings layers of tissue adipose that accumulate under the skin make the texture abnormal and irregular.
SYMPTOMS OF PANCREATIC NEUROENDOCRINE CANCER
With this type of cancer, different symptoms are identified and tumors cause the release of excess hormones in the blood and, depending on the type of cancer, different hormones can be produced. Some of these include:
This will cause excess stomach acid production and lead to stomach ulcers that cause nausea, pain and loss of appetite and, in the most severe cases, can cause some bleeding and cause blackness, tarry stools, anemia and can cause death
These types of tumors will produce too much glucose to produce in our blood and will lead to blood sugar and, in the most serious cases, will lead to diabetes and, in addition, will lead to diarrhea, weight loss and malnutrition. If glucagonoma are to be identified, this will be due to a condition known as necrolytic migratory erythema: it is a red rash that moves from one point to another of the skin and causes blisters and even some inflammation.
These can cause an opposite effect compared to glucanomas, which is the cause of excessive insulin production, which will lead to low blood sugar, and these symptoms can range from mild, which are weakness, confusion, heartbeats