Doctor Oz did a segment all about the Pancreas, how to prevent Pancreatic Cancer and how to detect Pancreatic Cancer early. One of your body’s most vital organs is the Pancreas, which plays a role in digestion and thus a change in your poop can be an early sign of Pancreatic cancer. Dr Oz said that without our pancreas, we would all have Diabetes as well.
The Pancreas dumps up to 3 liters of fluid each day into our small intestine to help neutralize acid coming out of the stomach. Bile drains through the pancreas and the bile mixes with fluid in the pancreas. The stomach puts acids into food to help digest the food, so the pancreatic fluids helps to neutralize the acid before the food goes into the small intestine.
Dr Oz showed a pancreas and said it feels hard, glandular and spongy. The spongy property helps the pancreas to secrete out liquid all the time. The Pancreatic Duct is where food comes out of. If the duct gets blocked by a tumor, it can impact quite a few things in your body. For example, you can get a painless jaundice and you can see a change in your poop. Very few people survive from Pancreatic Cancer, so it is important to catch it as early as possible.
Pancreatic Cancer Poop vs Normal Poop
Dr Oz showed two fake sample of poop. A normal poop is brown from the bile in it, whereas someone with Pancreatic Cancer can have white poop, because there is no bile in the poop since the bile duct gets blocked off from a tumor. The normal poop sinks, whereas the person with Pancreatic Cancer may notice their poop floating, because fat floats and fat may end up in the poop since the pancreas was not able to break down the fats. You may also notice what looks like some oil floating in the toilet water.
How to Prevent Pancreatic Cancer
- Quit Smoking – this can increase your risks of Pancreatic Cancer by 25%
- Don’t drink too much alcohol
- Obesity can increase your risk of Pancreatic Cancer
Dr Oz also said that African American’s have a 50% higher chance of getting Pancreatic Cancer.