"Ask yourself:
'Can I give
more?'. The
answer is
usually: 'Yes'."
-Paul Tergat, Kenyan
professional marathoner
We Run For Those Who "Can Not"
> Choosing a Cause
Please join us in our crusade to help fight cancer and to promote fitness by offering a healthier
lifestyle for everyone.
Life begins with a Step. We venture along the highway until
we reach our destination.
Come - run with us and help fight Cancer along the way. Help us save a life.
Pancreatic Cancer: Difficult to Detect - Difficult to Treat
Pancreatic Cancer strikes about 56,000 people each year in the US, and accounts for 3% of all cancers, but 7% of all cancer deaths. That means close to 150 people a day! The most common type of pancreatic cancer is called adenocarcinoma in which tumors arise in the pancreatic glands - the glands that make enzymes to help digest foods.

Why is it so hard to detect and treat? There is no screening test that can find it early and since the pancreas is deep in the body, a physician can't "feel" for it- it's even hard to bioposy.

Some risk factors include:
  • Long-standing diabetes
  • Chronic and hereditary pancreatitis
  • Smoking
  • Race/ethnicity: African-American or Ashkenazi Jew
  • Age over 60
  • Males are slightly more likely than females
  • Diets high in processed or red meats
  • Obesity

Pancreatic Cancer is also very aggressive and has few good treatment options. Even in a patient who is fortunate - who is among the 10-15% whose cancer is found when it still can be surgically removed - the risk of recurrence is great. Up to 85% of patients who have surgery followed by chemotherapy have a recurrence at some point - usually within 2 years.
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