Mexican entertainer announces pancreatic cancer diagnosis
Mexican entertainer Jose Jose announced a grim health diagnosis last week as he told fans he had pancreatic cancer.
Jose Jose had entertained audiences for decades and now he is battling the dreaded disease.
"I'm ready to face this new adventure in life. I leave it in God's hands and your hands," Jose Jose says.
News 12 spoke to Cynthia Quainoo, a gastroenterologist at Brookdale Hospital, about what to look for and how it can be treated.
She says the symptoms could be abdominal pain, nausea, unintentional weight loss, yellowing of the eyes and the skin, pale stools and dark urine.
"Unfortunately because people present late and the disease is advanced at that stage, five-year survival is usually about 5 percent," Quainoo says.
Brookdale Hospital has state of the art technology to treat patients with cancer, but unless pancreatic cancer is caught early it's very difficult to treat.
There are ways to treat pancreatic cancers, which is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
"Decrease your risk factors -- stop smoking, lose weight and eat well," Quainoo says.
People at risk for the disease should get screened as early as age 45.