Stefan Karl Stefansson dead: LazyTown actor dies – what is bile duct cancer?

Stefan Karl Stefansson has died at the age of 43 after battling bile duct cancer.

A family spokesperson told TMZ he died on Tuesday (August 21) surrounded by friends and family.

Stefansson’s wife, Steinunn Ólina Þorsteinsdóttir, revealed his death with her 14,000 Facebook followers this evening.

“My beloved, Stefan Karl Stefansson, 43, has passed away after battling aggressive bile duct cancer for two years,” she said.

“Per Stefan’s wishes, there will be no funeral. His earthly remains will be scattered in secrecy in a distant ocean.

“Stefan’s family wants to express their gratitude for the support and earth received in recent years, and to express their deepest sympathy to the many friends and fans of Stefan Karl.”

Bile duct cancer is a rare type of cancer that affects the small tubes connecting the liver to the small intestine.

While it can be cured if it’s spotted early enough, the cancer has few symptoms during its earlier stages, making it difficult to spot.

Bile duct cancer symptoms become visible after the cancer grows large enough to block the bile ducts.

The cancer can cause a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice), or itchy skin, according to the NHS.

Pale stools and dark urine could also be signs of the rare cancer.

Other symptoms include having pale stools, dark urine, or having a dull ache in the upper right hand side of the tummy.

“Bile ducts are small tubes that connect the liver and small intestine,” said the NHS.

“They allow fluid called bile to flow from the liver, through the pancreas, to the gut, where it helps with digestion. Cancer can affect any part of these ducts.

“See your GP if you have persistent symptoms that you’re worried about – particularly if you have jaundice.”

The exact cause of bile duct cancer isn’t entirely understood, added the NHS.

But, some people may have a higher risk of developing the disease.

Bile duct abnormalities, biliary stones within the liver, or having an infection with a liver fluke parasite could all increase the risk of the condition.

Between 20 and 50 per cent of all bile duct cancer patients live for at least five years after it’s diagnosed, as long as it’s caught early.

Around two per cent of patients live for five years if it’s caught at a later stage.

Daily Express :: Health Feed

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