I am passionate about fighting plastic pollution  … I am equally passionate about fighting pancreatic cancer, a disease my family knows all too well . My mother and my step-dad lost their fight against this disease.

Ironically, pancreatic cancer and plastic pollution have a lot in common … both are silent killers &  both are not recognized by the public.

We usually hear about plastic pollution as Earth Day approaches , when the MSM decides its time to ratchet up its coverage about being green.

We hear about pancreatic cancer only when a celebrity like Patrick Swayze passes away.  What we hear afterward are the sounds of silence. {{crickets … hello … anyone there? crickets}}

These are issues that are, for the most part, out of sight and out of mind. It’ time to shine light on both of these killers.

Today Say No to Plastic is waging an ongoing campaign to help defeat these two scourges.  When you go to the Silent Killers tab you can make a donation that will work for both causes.

Your donation will be equally divided between Ocean Keepers and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

November is pancreatic cancer awareness month.  Please help!

  1. The most common type of pancreatic cancer, accounting for 95% of these tumors, is adenocarcinoma (tumors exhibiting glandular architecture on light microscopy) arising within the exocrine component of the pancreas. A minority arise from islet cells, and are classified as neuroendocrine tumors. The signs and symptoms that eventually lead to the diagnosis depend on the location, the size, and the tissue type of the tumor, and may include abdominal pain, lower back pain, and jaundice (if the tumor compresses the bile duct)

  2. The most common symptoms of pancreatitis are severe upper abdominal burning pain radiating to the back, nausea, and vomiting that is worsened with eating. The physical examination will vary depending on severity and presence of internal bleeding. Blood pressure may be elevated by pain or decreased by dehydration or bleeding. Heart and respiratory rates are often elevated.

  3. A lot of us simply just don’t the fact that stomach pain can be one of the signs we need to realize. I’ve read here: how hard to discover the symptoms might be. About seven out of 10 people (some other sources report actually on more than 80% of men and women) having pancreatic cancer, at some point feel certain stomach discomfort as the cancer increases, and so they decide to visit to their doctors. Pain is more common in cancers of the body and end of the pancreas. Pancreatic cancer can cause a dull pain, that individuals describe feels as if it’s boring into you in the upper belly and can spread around towards the backside. The ache may come and go. The pain is worse when you lie down and is much better when you sit forward. It may be more painful soon after meals. Your abdomen might also be generally tender or painful if your liver, pancreas or gallbladder are inflamed or become bigger.

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