This year more than 43,920 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States, and more than 37,390 will die from the disease. Pancreatic cancer has the lowest relative survival rate of all the cancers tracked by both the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute: 94% of pancreatic cancer patients will die within five years of diagnosis and only 6% will survive more than five years. 74% of patients die within the first year of diagnosis. The average life expectancy after diagnosis with metastatic disease is just five to seven months.
Pancreatic cancer may cause only vague symptoms that could indicate many different conditions within the abdomen or gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms include pain (usually abdominal or back pain), weight loss, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), loss of appetite, nausea, changes in stool, and diabetes. Pancreatic cancer is a leading cause of cancer death largely because there are no detection tools to diagnose the disease in its early stages when surgical removal of the tumor is still possible.
Risk factors for developing pancreatic cancer include family history of the disease, age, chronic or hereditary pancreatitis, smoking, obesity and recent-onset diabetes. These and other risk factors are still being investigated.
Juan David Garcia Jr also known as "Junior " was that 74% who lost his battle to Pancreatic Cancer. He died with in a 3 weeks of finding out he had it. He was a husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend.
This fundraiser is an Education fund for his 3 kids, Joshua 5, Jacob 3, and Bella 1, also 10% of all proceeds will be donated to The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network on behalf of his family.
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