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Pancreatic Cancer: What It Is and What You Can Do to Help

Pancreatic cancer, though it doesn't receive a great deal of media attention, is diagnosed in over 5,000 Canadians a year. Most cases of pancreatic cancer begin in the pancreas' exocrine cells, which are responsible for producing the body's digestive juices. A small minority of cases begin in the endocrine cells, which produce hormones that help to regulate the body's blood sugar.

Pancreatic cancer has been linked to risk factors such as smoking, obesity, and genetics. The biggest risk factors appear to be age (pancreatic cancer is most common in people over 50), as well as a family history of pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer affects roughly the same amount of men and women.

What Are the Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer? 

In its early stages, pancreatic cancer is very difficult to detect. Symptoms typically don't start occurring until the cancer has progressed, and may include:

  • Abdominal pain characterized by a dull ache in the upper part of the abdomen 
  • Nausea
  • Bloating and an early sense of fullness after eating 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Weight loss 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Pale stool 
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin)

Symptoms may differ depending on the type of pancreatic cancer a person has. Cancer of the pancreatic exocrine cells seems to be more likely to cause light stool, jaundice, nausea, and vomiting. Cancer of the pancreatic endocrine cells, on the other hand, seems to be more likely to cause back pain and weight loss.

When caught in its early stages, while the cancer is still localized in the pancreas, pancreatic cancer is often treatable. It is important for researchers to develop new and better modes of detection, and for people to see their doctors if they notice any concerning symptoms.

Support Pancreatic Cancer Research: Donate a Car to Charity in Winnipeg or Toronto 

Breakthroughs in cancer research occur every day. The same cannot be said for pancreatic cancer where a lack of research funding has resulted in few advances in treating this disease. What it's going to take to beat pancreatic cancer is for people like you do their part to help in whatever way they can. One of those ways is through car donation in Toronto, Southern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario and Winnipeg.

Cars 4 Cures makes donating to cancer research simple, and doesn't ask that you take any money out of your bank account. Instead, we accept car donations from Winnipeg to Ontario, and donate the proceeds from your car to the charity of your choice. One of our partner charities is Pancreatic Cancer Canada.

If you have an old clunker that isn't doing anything but collecting dust, than we encourage you to consider donating it. Cars 4 Cures makes it quick, simple, and easy to donate your car to charity. We offer free pickup, and will swing by to pick up your car within 24-48 hours.

All you have to do is contact Cars 4 Cures and let us know when to pick up your vehicle and that you'd like the proceeds from your donation to go to Pancreatic Cancer Canada.