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World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month 2021

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November is World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. 

According to the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare, an estimated 4,261 new cases of pancreatic cancer will be diagnosed in Australia in 2021. Of those cases, 2,213 males and 2,048 females. In 2021, it is estimated that a person has a 1 in 69 (or 1.5%) risk of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer by the age of 85 (1 in 65 or 1.5% for males and 1 in 73 or 1.4% for females). 

What is the pancreas? 

The pancreas is a gland of the digestive system. It is joined to the small bowel by a duct. The pancreas has two major roles in the digestive system: Producing enzymes to help break down food and making hormones that enter the body and flow around the bloodstream. The most important of these is insulin, which helps to regulate the amount of sugar in the blood. 

What is pancreatic cancer? 

Pancreatic cancer begins when cells in the pancreas become abnormal and grow out of control to form a tumour. The most common type of pancreatic cancer is adenocarcinoma. 

Causes of pancreatic cancer are due to complex changes in your genes, that have arisen over time, or may be rarely inherited. 

Tests to diagnose pancreatic cancer may include: 

  • Blood, urine, and stool tests 

  • Imaging, such as an ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and/or fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-positron emission tomography (PET) 

  • Endoscopic (camera) tests 

  • Tissue sampling, called a biopsy 

Do you need help caring for someone living with or recovering from cancer? Get in touch today to find out how our in-home care services may be of help. 

Keep up to date with COVID 19 information on the following links:

Australian Government Department of Health

Victorian Health and Human Services

NSW Health

Queensland Health

ACT Health

WA Department of Health

Tasmanian Department of Health

Northern Territory Department of Health

SA Health

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