Oaxaca de Juárez, 12 November. Most Mexicans contribute to an increase in pancreatic cancer cases every day, and even if they know it, they prefer to ignore it.
In mid-summer 2018, the UNAM Institute of Physiology, announced that it was scientifically proven that bottled juices and soft drinks blew up the metabolic syndrome, ie chemically sweetened drinks are precursors of a chain of changes that swell and damage the human body
With this chronic inflammation, people in addition to losing mobility gradually, also slowly attacking the function of their organs, especially those related to metabolism: intestine, stomach, liver, kidney, gallbladder and above all, the pancreas, so that when they gain weight, they lose their quality of life.
With every sip given to "juice" or soda, there is a decisive step towards pancreatic collapse, because when swallowing this drink, it is over stimulated, and several times a day, to this organ, so that continuous wear begins to manifest with production deficiencies insulin and may peak with the development of a malignant tumor.
At the right time, the research team led by Dr. Marcia Hiriart Urdanivia, explained that among the ingredients of drinks that are chemically sweetened, sucrose is a substance that, when digested repeatedly, expels the pancreas and causes a chemical reaction that culminates in inflammation of the stomach
In a daily way, sucrose is white sugar, which is served daily at Mexican household tables or with dozens of ultra-processed products produced every day; For example: Powdered milk for children aged 1 to 3 years, artificial honey syrup, artificial yogurt and pastries, and more.
Although scientists in the laboratory developed a model to explain, maintain and show evidence of the damage this product has to health, most Mexicans, including health authorities, have little or no interest in this, because the reality shows that there is a growing tendency in the number of pancreatic cancer cases,
To date, this tumor is the sixth cause of death in men and seventh in women, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC); Pancreatic cancer in Mexico has an incidence of 4 thousand 274 cases per year, with a mortality rate of 4 thousand 133 cases. In order for people to care for organs where the energy that nourishes every cell of their body is produced, every 15 November, the World Day of Pancreatic Cancer is commemorated.
Deadly tumor. Just as people who have ten years or more of being overweight or obese need to examine their eyes thoroughly, to detect diabetic retinopathy at the right time, they must also be aware of the health condition of their pancreas, because these organs do not cause discomfort. but until it's too late. Experts point out that pancreatic cancer is the most diagnosed tumor in women and eleventh in men; This is a deadly tumor because only nine out of every hundred patients achieve survival, which lasts only five years.
It is estimated that one in 63 men and one in 65 women will suffer from this tumor, which, in many cases, is diagnosed at an advanced stage, when little or nothing remains to be done, because the cancer usually attacks other organs.
Dr. José Athié Rubio, medical director of Grupo Biotoscana Mexico and surgical oncologist from Médica Sur, explained that in most cases the tumor cannot be operated on and there are several alternative treatments. An example is surgical removal, which is probably only 20 percent of patients with adenocarcinoma, the most common type of pancreatic cancer. In some cases, with chemotherapy before surgery, this percentage can increase.
Pancreatic cancer is difficult to detect and diagnosed at an early stage. Once diagnosed, it can be controlled only if detected before dissemination, when it can be completely removed by surgery. "If the cancer has spread, palliative therapy can improve the quality of life of patients by controlling the symptoms and complications of the disease," added Dr. José Athié Rubio.
Therefore, it is very important to raise social awareness about this disease and warn about the need for urgent changes that encourage research and, most importantly, that the treatment of this disease is a public health priority.
With regard to care, there is an area of research in pancreatic cancer that seeks biomarkers for early detection through records of patients with a history of cancer, development of drugs that attack certain genetic mutations, understanding of how micro tumors change drug administration and use of the immune system for treatment.
Mexican Endocrinology Council
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Mexican Society of Nutrition and Endocrinology
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Mexican Nutriology Association
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