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Manohar Parrikar suffering from Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar has flown to the United States to reportedly seek treatment for cancer of the pancreas.

Parrikar had complained of stomach pain on 14 February and was rushed to the GMCH and later flown to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai the following day, which was then attributed to “food-poisoning”.

Health of Manohar Parrikar : 

After getting admitted to the GMCH again on the 25th February, Parrikar was discharged on 1st March and was recuperating at home.

However, following another diagnosis at Lilavati Hospital, Parrikar flew to the US for treatment. Details of his US treatment are unknown as of now.

Despite the tragedy which has befallen Parrikar, politics is still hounding him.

Details of the disease : Pancreatic Cancer

The pancreas is part of the digestive system. It is in the upper part of the tummy (abdomen).

Pancreatic cancers can be described by where they are found in the pancreas or the type of cells they start from.

Experts say, there are no screening tools specific to this kind of cancer. As a result, in many cases, the discovery of the disease gets delayed.

If the cancer is detected early on, it can be controlled by surgical removal of the pancreas.

Causes of Pancreatic Cancer :

  • Type 2 diabetes is a known cause for this kind of cancer.
  • Lifestyle choices like smoking and drinking also puts you at risk.
  • Other factors that could lead to pancreatic cancer include chronic pancreatitis and excess body weight.
  • One of the significant reasons behind pancreatic cancer include age.
The Congress has demanded an open declaration of Parrikar’s illness

Initially, the Goa CMO maintained that Parrikar was suffering from “mild pancreatitis”.

On 4th March, when the Goa BJP general secretary Sadanand Shet Tanavade was specifically asked if the CM was suffering from cancer, he refused to divulge information on the grounds that it would infringe on Parrikar’s privacy.

The Congress, however, has demanded an open declaration as Parrikar is a publicly elected person.