The incidences of pancreatic cancer are rising for both genders but they’re growing the fastest for young women, especially women who’re Black.
“We can tell that the rate of pancreatic cancer among women is rising rapidly, which calls attention to the need for further research in this area,” said the study’s senior author Dr. Srinivas Gaddam who is the director of the associate department of Pancreatic Biliary Research at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. “There’s a need to understand these trends, and to make changes today so this doesn’t affect women disproportionately in the future.”
The rise isn’t significant but should not be considered alarming, however future studies should look into these patterns, Gaddam said.
“The data shows us a small increase in risk of pancreatic cancer,” said Dr. A. stated in an Cedars-Sinai announcement. “And the awareness may help remind individuals on the need to quit smoking cigarettes, cut down on alcohol consumption and follow a healthy eating plan and exercise regularly, as well as manage their weight. Lifestyle changes can help reduce the risk of developing Pancreatic Cancer.”
The study utilized information of the National Program of Cancer Registries database, which accounts for about 65 percent of U.S. population, on pancreatic cancer patients diagnosed between 2001 and.
The researchers found that the incidence of pancreatic cancer grew in both males and females.
However, rates for women who are who are younger than 55 grew 2.4 percentage points higher than those of males who are the same age. Similar increases were also observed in older women and men.
In addition, rates among young Black women increased just 2 percent higher than young Black males.
“And while we’re reporting improving survival in pancreatic cancer each year, that improvement is largely among men,” Gaddam said. “The mortality rate among women is not improving.”
The reasons could be due to the nature and location of the tumors.
The incidence of head cancers in the pancreas which is an dangerous and fatal type of tumor located on the top of the pancreas. It appears to be growing in accordance with the study.
The role of the pancreas is to release hormones and enzymes that aid digestion of food and break down sugars. It is located behind the stomach.
The pancreatic cancer is the most deadly, with the highest mortality rate of all cancers major. It is more prevalent in males than females.
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Jeopardy’s Alex Trebek, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and actor Patrick Swayze all died from pancreatic cancer.
A sudden loss of weight and jaundice are signs for pancreatic cancer. Anyone experiencing these symptoms must seek medical care. A persistent abdominal pain can be an indication of a different condition.
Gaddam will study the root causes of these changes by examining the potential differences in pancreatic tumors among males and females.
“This continuing work will help us to evaluate the effectiveness of new health care interventions, with the goal of identifying and addressing disparities in patient outcomes and access to effective treatment,” said Dr. Dan Theodorescu, director of Cedars-Sinai Cancer. “This is an ongoing focus throughout Cedars-Sinai Cancer as we serve our diverse population and can also inform public health policies to benefit patients everywhere.”