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Community encouraged to wear purple and bring awareness to pancreatic cancer

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Thursday, November 17 thousands of people will wear purple to bring awareness to pancreatic cancer.

It's World Pancreatic Cancer Day and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is asking people to #WageHope by using the hashtag on social media and by wearing purple. 

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network says more people in the U.S. die from pancreatic cancer every year than breast cancer, mainly because by the time the disease is caught, it's too late. The agency is getting the word out about symptoms and risk factors.

Symptoms:

Pain (usually in the abdomen or back)

Weight loss

Itching with jaundice (yellowing of the skin and/or eyes)

Loss of appetite

Nausea

Change in stool

Pancreatitis

Recent-onset diabetes

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network says you should talk to your doctor right away and ask about pancreatic cancer. 

Also, if you have two or more first-degree relatives who have had pancreatic cancer before they reached 50, you have an increased risk of developing it. You also have an increased risk if you have an inherited genetic syndrome associated with the cancer. In those cases, you may want to talk with a genetic counselor to determine your risk and whether you can be screened.

If you'd like to participate in World Pancreatic Cancer Day, wear purple and use the hashtags #WageHope and #WPCD on social media. To learn more, click on this link.

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