A Young model who had ignored her symptoms for months was eventually diagnosed with the most lethal type of cancer.
Tirah Ciampa, 27, was “fit and healthy” prior to beginning to feel abdominal pain that grew worse.
The Australian recognized a problem but disregarded the red flags. She posted on Facebook, “I felt like I had been punched in the back.”
However, a biopsy conducted in February 2023 after a 15x15cm tumor was discovered in the pancreas of the Miss World Australia national finalist revealed she had pancreatic cancer.
Due to its size, she had been experiencing a lot of pain and heart issues. The eighth most prevalent form of cancer in Australia is pancreatic cancer.
More than half of patients pass away within three months of diagnosis, making it the common cancer with the lowest survival rate in the nation. Tasmanian Tirah began writing her loved ones farewell letters as she anticipated the worst.
For the sake of the people closest to me, she continued, “I stayed strong throughout the entire process.” In 2022, it’s anticipated that more than 4,500 people will receive a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.
At diagnosis, people are typically 72 years old. For the painful seven-hour surgery to remove the tumor, she was hospitalized.
She had to be fed a liquid diet to survive the procedure, which involved having her connected to numerous tubes in the hospital.
The model received the all-clear two months after the last operation. She would have passed away if the cancer had been ignored for another year or two, according to the doctors.
Most of her pancreas had to be removed by doctors in order to remove the tumor.
Enzymes for food digestion and hormones to control blood sugar are produced by the pancreas.
This indicates that she has a high likelihood of developing diabetes, a condition that occurs when blood sugar levels are not controlled, at some point in her life.
In order to spot early warning signs, Tirah is now urging people to pay attention to their bodies.
She said, “Your body is a temple; it’s all we have to live in this lovely world.”
Malignant, or cancerous, cells develop in the tissues of the pancreas to cause pancreatic cancer.
There are some factors that can raise the risk of developing the disease, just like with all cancers.
Smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and chewing tobacco all raise the risk of developing pancreatic cancer, according to Cancer Research UK.
They discovered that smoking may play a role in 30%—or close to one in three—cases of pancreatic cancer.