Say the first thing that comes to mind as soon as you read the term “pancreas” in a brief manner. You’re not alone if you say “cancer.” When people hear about pancreatic cancer, the deadliest type of cancer with a 5-year survival rate, they typically picture the pancreas.
According to Andrew Hendivar, M.D., the director of pancreatic cancer research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, “one of the reasons for the low survival rate is that pancreatic cancer is difficult to diagnose early.” It is extremely challenging to identify non-cancerous pancreatic problems early.
The pancreas is a long, flat organ that is deep inside the abdomen and generates hormones and enzymes to aid in digestion. Although the signs and symptoms of pancreatic disease can be frightening, Eberle and Hendivar claim there are some indicators.