Read 220 words, save your loved one’s life
| WXYZ .com – Pancreatic cancer is one of the nation’s deadliest cancers with a five-year survival rate of just nine percent.
It’s a disease that kills more people than breast cancer in the U.S.
Pancreatic cancer claimed the life of Aretha Franklin in August, her family confirmed. [The singer had previously denied having the disease.]
65-year-old Jerry Lawrence is grateful her family shared the diagnosis.
The Detroiter learned he was facing pancreatic cancer in August of 2017.
“[I] started having some tummy aches, pains in my stomach. I was like what is that?” recalled Lawrence.
He’d also lost a lot of weight and had recently been diagnosed with diabetes.
A CT scan revealed he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He couldn’t believe it.
“I had never been sick in my life. ‘Dude! Where? Are you sure?’” he remembered asking the doctor.
The oncologist gave him three to six months to live.
Lawrence sought a second opinion at U of M Cancer Center. He’s been undergoing chemotherapy treatments ever since.
Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms
- Abdominal pain or mid-back pain
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Change in stool
- Recent onset diabetes
If you are experiencing one or more of these unexplained symptoms, see your doctor.
You can help save lives by spreading the word about symptoms and risk factors associated with pancreatic cancer.
World Pancreatic Cancer day is Thursday, November 15, 2018.
If you’d like to support the effort, you can wear purple that day and spread the word about the warning signs of this disease. Read more.