Pancreatic cancer is constantly increasing, but we are still discovering it slowly, making it one of the worst survival statistics. However, this disease is not spoken to the wider public. As the Association of EuropaColon of Slovenia underlined, today's World Day for Pancrates is an opportunity to put this disease "on the map".
In Slovenia, 381 people died of pancreatic cancer in 2015, 365 of them died. The number of men between men and women is equivalent. The majority of patients are over 60, but the age limit, as with all cancers, is decreasing and there are no more rare patients under the age of 40 years. The mortality rate in pancreatic cancer is one of the highest.
After diagnosis, patients live on average for less than five months. According to Maja Južnič Sotlar, Vice-President of Association Association EuropaColon, these statistics have not changed over the last 40 years. For all other cancers, the five-year survival curve rose sharply during this time and remains a "straight line" for pancreatic cancer.
"It is time to be all involved in the treatment of cancer in any way – that's what we are really all about – we are doing everything to change this trend and eventually make a curve from the straight line," Sutlar wrote junior. Only patients diagnosed with the disease at an early stage, when surgery is still possible, can survive.
These are now about 20% of all patients with pancreatic cancer. There are several reasons for such inadequate treatment and survival effects and one of the most important is certainly the (pro) delayed detection of the disease. Symptoms are often unclear and, especially in the early stages, people often overlook or do not pay enough attention.
"In particular, attention should be paid to sudden abnormal disposition lasting for a long time, to extremely dark urine and light, almost gray mud, sudden accidental and significant weight loss, yellowing of the skin and mucous membranes and pain in the spoon or waist of the back, "explained Stulareeva. It is important that we do not expect these problems, but we go to the doctor.
Among the central goals of a joint campaign that cancer patients worldwide are doing today is precisely the fact that people will first think of the possibility of pancreatic cancer. The path to diagnosis is often difficult and difficult for doctors, because the pancreas is deeply located in the abdominal cavity and is therefore often poorly presented with ultrasound, which is the most widely available and completely non-invasive research.
Computer tomography or endoscopic ultrasound surveys are significantly more accurate. According to Junik Sotlar, many researchers are trying to understand the biological characteristics of pancreatic cancer in order to obtain a medicinal product as soon as possible, which would allow significantly greater survival than the current one.
"So far, the only hope is that those patients who are fit for surgery, that is, those who have a disease, are limited to the body itself. This very bad condition can only be changed by early detection of the disease and constant updating of the disease public, "added the vice president of the union.
At the Slovenian Oncology Society, this year's World Day has published a leaflet titled Pancreatic Cancer – what everyone should know about this disease, prepared by Dr. Borut Štabuc. In addition, they will today organize a debate on this disease at Ljubljana's exhibition and congress center at Body World Vital. Regarding the importance of awareness about pancreatic cancer, it will also recall the Ljubljana castle in purple color.
Otherwise, the World Day of Pagratia is highlighted on the third Thursday of November. Its goal is to raise awareness among government officials responsible for funding, scientists to speed up research, and pharmaceutical companies looking for effective medicines. The target group is, of course, also a wider public, who must take care of their health with a healthy lifestyle and pay attention to the symptoms of the disease.
The idea of World Day was launched in 2015 at the initiative of the International Federation of Patients' Organizations. In general, there is an increasing number of patients with gastrointestinal cancer in the world and there is a particularly worrying increase in pancreatic cancer. With this diagnosis, more than 100,000 patients live in Europe and about 400 in Slovenia.