Now the other first pain that could mean cancer, and I'm gonna talk about today, affects 44,000 new people a year.
Alright, so we gonna do this by hearing to some of the survivors.
OK. Let’s hear from the first survivor, trying to identify what cancer these symptoms that you're talking about might be coming from.
I had back pain, loss of appetite and diarrhea.
Back pain, loss of appetite and diarrhea.
So what kind of cancer would cause that do you think?
If I had to guess, I would say colon cancer.
Have you ever had anyone colon cancer in your family?
I haven't. I haven't.
Let's hear what the diagnosis is.
Could you give it to us?
I had pancreatic cancer.
So I'm gonna explain,if I can, why pancreatic cancer pain.
It is that type that we just mentioned that.
So here's the pancreas looks like.
And the pancreas is located the middle of the belly and because of that it can cause all kinds of different issues.
Some of them are because of the function by doing something incredibly important.
It is supposed to secrete a chemical into the intestinal system that digest our food.
Okay, so this is a pancreas.
And ther is a duct in there naturally allows us to secrete chemicals to take the food part that we have.
That stuff as trying as a food.
There in a food, let's see you put it down there by the duct.
So if you eat food your body says you know what make sure you digest it so you secrete all kinds of chemicals that allow you to digest that food and very effectively.
You'll see what happens, they disappear right?
Now, that food digest itself because the pancreatic juice there is sort of bounded and baked.
So if you have a cancer that blocks this tube that is supposed to carry that fluid into the intestinal system to digest food, you put it in there all the sudden the fluid can't get where it supposed to be into the intestinal system.
So stay what happens and watch carefully.
Get erosion of this material and if that happens.
You end up with big massive information of fire raging in your pancreas, and you'll get all kinds of pain that the spinal column to the nerves around your lower back, the muscles there, your colon, the intestines everything gets inflamed and raging forest fire in second place in your body.
So your basically eating yourself away from the inside.
That's pancreatic cancer does.
Alright, that's Deborah Axerod joining us.she's a top oncologist from New York university Langone Medical Center.
So that's Axerod.
I'm suspecting every single person can hear my voice right now says, “I'm goodness I had back pain if I had pancreatic cancer” so how they go the difference?
Well most back pain is muscle pain but pain that persists that escalates.
That's not really by anti-inflammatory medications, jaundice, yellowing of the skin, yellowing of the white of the eyes, greasy stools, pale colored stools are all times to worry and to see a doctor.
Thank you very much.