Steve Jobs Dies of Pancreatic Cancer at Age 56

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Steve Jobs, founder and former CEO of Apple, died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 56.

Just a day after the unveiling of Apple’s newest generation of iPhone, the iPhone 4S, tech enthusiasts and the whole world received yet another surprising announcement for the renowned tech company; though this time, a very sad one. Steve Jobs, the company’s big boss, passed away late Wednesday night, October 5, after years of battling against its illness – pancreatic cancer.

It can be recalled that in mid-2004, Steve was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his pancreas and undergone a special surgery to remove it. Steve, then, took a one month leave of absence from his company to recover from surgery and returned to work a month later.

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For several years after the operation, Steve kept mummed about his true health condition but the public first started to notice the “thinner” physique of Steve when he delivered his keynote on Apple’s annual WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) in August 2006. Since then, never ending rumors about the Apple CEO’s health continue to spread as he took a series of “medical leave of absence” and “no-show”s in important company events.

Announcing his resignation as Apple’s CEO on August 24, 2011, Steve Jobs stated in his letter that he could “no longer meet his duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO”. Tim Cook replaced him as the newest CEO. On October 5, 2011, Steve finally laid into rest with his family, saying the “Steve died peacefully”.

Pancreatic Cancer Facts

Here are some facts about Pancreatic Cancer 
(according to Pancreatic Cancer Network Action)

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Pancreatic cancer is one of the DEADLIEST CANCERS

  • Pancreatic cancer is the 10th most commonly diagnosed cancer and the 4th leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
  • Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all the major cancers: 94% of patients die within five years of diagnosis and only 6% survive more than five years. 75% of patients with pancreatic cancer die within the first year of diagnosis.
  • The number of new pancreatic cancer cases and the number of deaths caused by the disease are increasing – not decreasing. In fact, the expected number of new pancreatic cancer cases is projected to increase by 55% between the years 2010 and 2030. 

Little is known about risk factors and there are NO EARLY

  • 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.
  • The disease is often diagnosed in late stages due to the location of the pancreas in the body, the absence of definitive symptoms, and the lack of early detection methods. In fact, 52% of patients are diagnosed when they have advanced (metastatic) disease that has already spread to other organs.

Treatment options are EXTREMELY LIMITED

  • Surgery currently offers the best opportunity for long-term survival. However, only about 15% of cases are diagnosed early enough for surgery5. Furthermore, approximately 80% of the patients who undergo surgery will have recurrence of the disease and die within five years. 6 The most common surgical procedure to remove tumors in the pancreas is called the Whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy). Surgery may be followed by chemotherapy or chemotherapy with radiation.

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