Essay on Should The Cancer Be Diagnosed With Pancreatic Cancer?

1192 Words Dec 22nd, 2014 5 Pages
In just this year to come, more than 46,420 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Out of them, about 39,590 people will die from the disease – that’s 85%. While all types of cancer may be fatal, pancreatic cancer is ranked number 4 on the list of deadliest cancers ("Pancreatic Cancer Facts"). Whether the cancer was acquired genetically or due to a carcinogen (a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue), it will go on to affect the cancer patient and everyone in his/her life. Learning about the disease’s symptoms and how it works undoubtedly confirms why pancreatic cancer is so catastrophic.
Prior to discussing’s specifics, it is important to understand the significance of cell division. When a cell divides, its DNA is copied in a process called mitosis. Sometimes, this process proves faulty and an error, or mutation, occurs. If this fault isn’t corrected during mitosis, the cell will continue to divide and pass the incorrect DNA on (“Cell Division and Cancer”). These mutated cells will continue dividing, not necessarily faster than normal cells, but more often. As these cells build and build on one another, a malignant (cancerous) tumor is formed. Cancer can be found in most places in the body and is known to cause fatal complications (“Pancreatic Cancer Causes”).
Each part in the body has its own job for keeping the body healthy and functioning. The pancreas’s job is to release hormones and enzymes (like insulin) to aid the body in…

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