Your facility’s current and potential patients have heard of the pancreas, but do they know what it does?
For that matter, do you?
Located behind the stomach, the pancreas produces hormones such as insulin and glucacon, which help control blood sugar.
Most people don’t spend too much time thinking about their pancreas—until they’ve been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Health care communicators dealing with oncology and internal medicine can use November—Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month—as an opportunity to talk about the disease and possible treatments.
There aren’t any early-detection methods for pancreatic cancer; it is usually diagnosed in the later stages, after the cancer has metastasized.
Symptoms of pancreatic cancer include:
- Abdominal or back pain
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
For more information to share on risk factors and treatment options, check out this infographic: