Pancreatic Cancer Essay

Submitted By hkytle
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Outline for a speech
Pancreatic Cancer
Tell a little of my mom’s story
To make awareness of Pancreatic cancer
Summarize the main idea of your speech. Quickly state your three main points
What is Pancreatic Cancer
Signs and symptoms
Cure rates
First Main Point: What is Pancreatic Cancer?
Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreas: The pancreas is a long, flat gland that lies in the abdomen behind the stomach. It produces enzymes that are released into the small intestine to help with digestion. It also contains clusters of cells called islets. The cells in these islets produce hormones such as insulin and glucagon, which help control the level of glucose (a type of sugar) in the blood The pancreas cleans the toxins from the body, poisons like alcohol, medications, and illegal drugs.
Cancer of the Pancreas
5 stages
Pancreatic cancer can often be difficult to diagnose, it is often not found until later stages when the cancer can no longer be removed with surgery and has spread from the pancreas to other parts of the body.
Signs and Symptoms/Risks Factors A. Signs and Symptoms 1. Yellow skin and eyes, darkening of the urine, itching, and clay-colored stool, which are signs of obstructive jaundice (blockage of the bile ducts) 2. Pain in upper abdomen or upper back 3. Painful swelling of an arm or leg due to a blood clot 4. Burning feeling in stomach or other gastrointestinal discomforts 5. Stomach bloating 6. Floating stools with a particularly bad odor and an unusual color due to the body not digesting fats well 7. Weakness 8. Loss of appetite 9. Nausea and vomiting 10. Chills 11. Fever 12. Unexplained weight loss

B. Risk Factors 1. Age 2. Gender 3. Race 4. Smoking 5.