21 Oct '11, 2am

Pancreatic cancer: A silent killer | Fit To Post Health - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

Pancreatic cancer: A silent killer | Fit To Post Health - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

Pancreatic cancer has few symptoms at the early stage. (Photo courtesy of Health XChange) When he passed away on 5 October, Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs drew a lot of attention to pancreatic cancer, the disease that ultimately took his life. There are several types of pancreatic cancers . Steve Jobs had an uncommon type, called a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumour (PNET) . The most common type of pancreatic cancer, called ductal adenocarcinoma , is more aggressive, says professor Pierce Chow , senior consultant at the Department of General Surgery of Singapore General Hospital . The pancreas is the large elongated organ that lies deep in the upper abdomen, sandwiched between the stomach and the spine. Why is the pancreas so important? First, it secretes insulin and glucagon, two hormones that regulate the body's blood sugar levels. Secondly, it produces digestive enzymes th...

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