World Cancer Day
Friday, February 04, 2011
World Cancer Day is a global observance to raise awareness of the different types of cancer, and ways to prevent it, detect it or treat it. My thoughts go out to all individuals and families who have or are affected in any way by any form of cancer.
This blog is for my mother, who at age 67, very bravely passed away this last summer just 8 weeks after her diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer. Now that we're on this side of it, I know that the symptoms were there and we just didn't realize. I can't say that we would have been able to change the outcome if had we been more educated, but there's a chance. For this reason, I thought I'd take a moment to bring awareness to this disease and it's symptoms.
Pancreatic Cancer is referred to as the "silent" disease because symptoms tend to go unnoticed in the early stages. Unfortunately for many, Pancreatic Cancer is in the advanced stages before it is diagnosed.
Some symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer may include:
Changes in Bowel Movements
Swelling or Bloating in the Belly
Unexplained Weight Loss
Loss of Appetite
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please discuss them with your doctor. The key to fighting Pancreatic Cancer is to catch it early. Please take a moment to educate yourself about this disease and it's symptoms.
Some sites of valuable information:
I thank you for taking the time to read this blog and for educating yourself.