Pancreatic cancer is increasing steadily, but we still find it late, which makes it one of the worst survival statistics. However, there is little talk about this disease in the wider public. As the EuropeColon Society of Slovenia emphasized, today's World Pancreas Day is an opportunity to give this disease "on the map".
In Slovenia, 381 people have died of pancreatic cancer in 2015, and 365 have died. The number of men in men and women is equalized. The majority of patients are over 60, but the age limit, like with all cancer, is reduced and there are no more patients under 40. The mortality rate in pancreatic cancer is one of the largest.
After diagnosis, patients live on average less than five months. According to Maja Južnič Sotlar, vice president of the Association of EuropaColon Society, these statistics have not changed over the past 40 years. For each other cancer, the five-year survival curve raised steeply during this period, and is still a "straight line" for pancreas cancer.
"It's a good time for all of us involved in treating cancer in any way – that's what we really are all – we're doing everything to change this trend and finally, Make a curve of the straight line, "wrote younger Sutlar. Only those patients who are diagnosed with the disease early when the surgery is still possible can survive only.
Now these are around 20 per cent of all patients with pancreas cancer. There are many reasons for poor consequences of such treatment and survival, and one of the most important ones is sure to detect the disease (before) late. Symptoms are often vague and, especially in the initial stages, people often ignore or pay enough attention.
"In particular, sudden abnormal fun for a long time, dark and light urine, almost gray mud, accidental and significant weight loss, skin yellow and mucus membranes, and pain in the spoon or in the back of the area "explained Sutlarjeva. It is important that we do not wait for these problems, but we're going to the doctor.
Amongst the central aims of a joint campaign that cancer patients around the world maintain today, that is, the fact that people first would be thinking about the possibility of pancreatic cancer. The path to diagnosis is often difficult and difficult for doctors because the pancreas is deep in the cavity of the abdomen and so it is often badly seen with ultrasound, which is the most widespread investigation which is available and totally unpleasant.
Investigations with computerized tomoscopy or endoscopic ultrasound are significantly more detailed. According to Junik Sotlar, many researchers try to understand the biological characteristics of pancreatic cancer in order to obtain medicinal products as soon as possible, which would allow substantial survival longer than current.
"So far, so far, the only hope is that those patients who are suitable for surgery, that is, those with a disease are limited to the body itself. The condition can be changed poor only by discovering the disease early and constant awareness of the public, "added the vice president of the society.
In Slovenia's Oncological Patients Association, this year's World Day has published a leaflet of the Pancreatic Cancer – What everyone should know about this Illness, prepared by Dr Borut Štabuc. In addition, they will be discussing this disease at the Ljubljana Convention and Exhibition Center at the World World Vital exhibition today. Regarding the importance of raising awareness of pancreas cancer, he also remembers Ljubljana Castle in purple color.
Otherwise, World Pancreas Day will be marked on the third Thursday in November. Its aim is to raise awareness among government officials responsible for funding, scientists to accelerate research, and pharmaceutical companies looking for effective medicines. The target group, of course, is also wider public, who should look after their health with a healthy lifestyle and address the symptoms of the disease.
The World Day idea was launched in 2015 on the International Federation of Patient Institutions initiative. In general, there is an increasing number of patients with stroke cancer in the world, and there is a special increase in pancreatic cancer. With this diagnosis, more than 100,000 patients live in Europe and around 400 in Slovenia.