CENTER VALLEY, Pa., Nov. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Olympus Corporation of the Americas announced today the launch of a new pancreatic cancer awareness website providing information about symptoms and risk factors and the importance of screening for high-risk individuals, as well as survivor stories and a searchable database of facilities offering pancreatic cancer screening. November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, which is observed to raise awareness about all aspects of the disease.
Pancreatic cancer is difficult to diagnose before it has become advanced, making it a deadly cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate is only 9 percent, with more than half of the diagnoses being made after the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.i The location of the pancreas and symptoms make the disease very difficult to detect in its early stages. Symptoms, which can include jaundice, belly or