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Pancreatic tumors are not as rare as you would think
People live with pancreatic tumors a fairly big amount of time without noticing them. Doctors estimate I had mine for around 6-7 years before diagnosis. My tumor was a Solid Pseudo-Papillary tumor which is extremely rare; and much more common in young women than it is on men. My tumor was around 3.5 cm in diameter when diagnosed and around 4 cm in diameter when extracted.
Most common symptoms of pancreatic tumors.
Symptoms vary depending on the location of the tumor. They could be on the head, body, or tail of the pancreas.
Tumors in the head of the pancreas tend to cause symptoms such as weight loss, jaundice (yellow skin), dark urine, light stool color, itching, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, back pain, and enlarged lymph nodes in the neck.
Tumors in the body or tail of the pancreas usually cause belly and/or back pain and weight loss.
I presented most usual symptoms were back pain, uncontrollable thirst, and little to no growth in the nails. Also I presented very vague symptoms, the most noticeable one being hair loss which is not a precisely common symptom of pancreatic tumors but, the location of it mattered importantly because the tumor had grown enough to press the adrenal gland and mess with my hair’s and nails’ metabolism.
Another way to prevent pancreatic tumors is knowing its risk factors:
-If 2 or more of your relatives have been diagnosed with pancreatic, breast or ovarian cancer (close to 10% of the pancreatic cancer patients are hereditary)
-Heavy drinking of alcoholic beverages and sodas
-Smoking or second-hand smoking
-Having type II Diabetes
– Suffered from pancreatitis
You won’t easily be diagnosed a pancreatic tumor in a regular medical checkup. They really know their way on how to be undetected, yet they are mostly shown in ultrasounds or CT scans. Age is a major risk factor as well but, it doesn’t mean it can’t affect young people. I had a pancreatic tumor at the age of 19 which was big enough to seem like I had it for quite a few years.
All we can do is treat our body the best way we can and make our health our number one priority. Pancreatic tumors tend to be very fast time ticking bombs; we all should learn how to listen and take care of it on time.
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