Mr. Steve Jobs died on October 5th, 2011 at the age of 56. He had pancreatic cancer. I am positive that Mr. Jobs had great Medical Insurance.  He was a very private person and none of his medical team has spoken about his treatment.  However, cancer experts say that there was very little remarkable about the progression of the rare and slow moving form of pancreatic cancer that afflicted this rare and remarkable human being.  Mr. Jobs had a type of pancreatic cancer that is called a neuroendocrine pancreatic tumor.  The National Cancer Institute reports that about 40,000 Americans are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year.  80% of them die within the first year.  Neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer is a more slow moving type of cancer and that is why he was able to live with the disease for seven or eight years.  That and his great Medical Insurance and the medical treatment that was available.

Do you know what your pancreas does?  After all, we all have one. MedlinePlus tells us “the pancreas is a gland behind your stomach and in front of your spine. It produces juices that help break down foo d and hormones that help control blood sugar levels.   Cancer of the pancreas is the fourth-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.”  Health Insurance carriers offer a cost-free well care check up every year.  However, pancreatic cancer may be tough to catch early because it doesn’t cause symptoms right away. For the first few years after diagnosis Mr. Jobs tried a nutritional approach to try to manage the disease. There are doctors and clinics that specialize in treating cancers with nutrition and they would be covered by your Medical Insurance policy.

As I write this blog on my Mac computer I can’t stop thinking about the death of Steve Jobs.  I am sure I will remember him when I read a great book or watch a movie on my iPad.  When I go to the park to work out I’ll be thinking of Mr. Jobs while listening to music on my iPod.  I’ll remember him while I look at photographs of my friends and family in iPhoto.  I’ll also smile fondly every time I use my marvelous iPhone and wonder anew how I ever lived without it.  The best remembrance I have seen for Mr. Jobs is one from a Mac user that had just four short letters.  iSad.


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