Young Scientist Raises Awareness Of The Need For Early Detection In Pancreatic Cancer

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With a 5 year survival rate of only 6%, pancreatic cancer  is one of the most common causes of death from cancer in Australia.  By 2030 it is estimated pancreatic cancer will be the second leading cause of death from cancer.  We urgently need to support both developments in early detection and further research to improve survival from this silent killer.

The story on 60 minutes of Jack Andraka gives some hope, however more research is needed to determine if this will lead to a reliable test for early detection.

The symptoms of pancreatic cancer can be vague and can be a sign of other more common diseases.  Symptoms to watch out for include yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice), losing weight, nausea or vomiting after eating, unusual bowel motions, abdominal or back pain, having dark urine.  Please see your GP or specialist for assessment.

For the full interview with Jack Andraka follow the link below to hear his inspirational story

http://www.9jumpin.com.au/show/60minutes/videos/4439636879001/

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