Pancreatic cancer is notorious as a cancer that is diagnosed late and is difficult to treat. In fact, it is poised to become the second leading cause of cancer deaths by 2030. Because of this, Let’s Win and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health’s Nuestras Voces program have teamed up for a series of hour-long Let’s Learn webinars to help you understand more about pancreatic cancer.
The first webinar, on Symptoms and Risk Factors, will be held on Wednesday, October 26th, at 7 p.m. Eastern. The webinar features oncologists Dr. Rachna T. Shroff and Dr. Fiyinfolu Balogun outlining the main symptoms, key risk factors, and what you can do. Health advocate Daniel G Garza will moderate the conversation.
About 62,000 people are found to have pancreatic cancer each year in the U.S.; the rate of occurrence is slightly higher in Black Americans. The five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is about 11 percent, in part because the disease is often diagnosed at an advanced stage. The tumors are not found on a physical exam and the symptoms mimic many other more common conditions.
By understanding what symptoms to look for and who is at greater risk, healthcare professionals can increase a patient’s chance of an earlier diagnosis, which leads to more treatment options and a better survival rate.