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A Visual Guide to Understanding Pancreatic Cancer

May 10, 2019

From the WebMD website

Pancreatic cancer is called a “silent” disease because symptoms typically do not show up in the early stages.

Pancreatic cancer has gained attention from the diagnoses of several prominent figures, including Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who was diagnosed in 2003 and died Oct. 5, 2011. Jobs had an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor, a rare form of the disease. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and actor Patrick Swayze have also faced pancreatic cancer. Swayze died in 2009. The lifetime risk of pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 65.

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United States Representative and Lieutenant Colonel K. Mark Takai died of pancreatic cancer. He was diagnosed with a small tumor on his pancreas in late October 2015.

Takai announced on May 19, 2016, that he would not seek reelection because his cancer had spread, but vowed to serve out the remaining eight months of his term. He died two months later at his home in Aiea. He was 49.

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