Legendary gospel singer Walter Hawking has lost his battle with cancer. The 61 year Grammy winner had been fighting pancreatic cancer. He died in his California home July 11.
What You Need to Know About Pancreatic Cancer
I hope each of you take the time to learn about this devastating cancer, in hopes to raise awareness for yourself and those around you. People aren't as knowledgeable about pancreatic cancer as breast or prostate cancer, but it is just as a debilitating disease.
Unfortunately, there is often a delay in diagnosing pancreatic cancer because pancreatic cancer symptoms are similar to those of many other illnesses.
There are several risk factors for pancreatic cancer, including having diabetes and chronic pancreatitis. If you are at risk for pancreatic cancer, talk to your doctor about your risk factor and how to monitor for pancreatic cancer if needed. Keep in mind though that some people with pancreatic cancer do not have any clear risk factor or symptoms of the disease.
The bottom line is that if you are experiencing any pancreatic cancer symptoms, or anything unusual, see a doctor. Early detection is key with any condition!
A Journey with Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer is not easy on anyone - it's takes such a physical and mental toll not only on the patient, but the family members as well. Guest author, Alison Doyle, (About's Job Searching Guide) speaks of her experience with pancreatic cancer in "Without Hope, We Have Nothing", a firsthand account about her father's battle with pancreatic cancer.
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