Common Pancreatic Conditions

Pancreatic Cancer

The most common type of pancreatic cancer is that of the duct. In the United States, pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death. In the United States, it is responsible for over 30,000 deaths per year.

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer include weight loss, pain in the upper abdomen or back, yellow skin and eyes, dark urine, light stool, weakness, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting.

Individuals have a higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer if they are African-American males over the age of 60. A family history of pancreatic, colon or ovarian cancer also plays into the risk factors, as well as smoking and diabetes.

Type I Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic (lifelong) disease that occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to properly control blood sugar levels. Possible symptoms include abdominal pain, absence of menstruation, fatigue, increased thirst and urination, nausea, vomiting and weight loss despite increased appetite.

A pancreas transplant in someone with severe Type I Diabetes with healthy kidney function may drastically lower his or her risk factors associated with Type I Diabetes, oftentimes removing the need for insulin or dialysis.

 

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Last Updated: 7/16/2014