Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer: 10 Subtle Signs You May Be Battling Cancer of the Pancreas by Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP

Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer: 10 Subtle Signs You May Be Battling Cancer of the Pancreas

Pancreatic cancer is rare, complicated and deadly. Nestled deep in the abdomen, it’s hard to detect. Once tumors grow, the dense tissue surrounding them make them hard to treat. Symptoms for pancreatic cancer are easy to overlook, but flagging suspicions could save your life. Here’s a list of the 10 most common signs:

  • abdominal or back pain
  • weight loss
  • jaundice
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • diabetes (insulin is made by the pancreas)
  • fatigue
  • weakness
  • depression
  • blood clots

Roughly 55,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year, and only about 25 percent will survive the first year, mainly because they found the cancer too late. While family history slightly increases risk, other known causes are not well understood. Flagging early warning signs can lead to early detection and the best long-term prognosis, so pay attention and talk to your provider about possible symptoms.

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Elisa Schmitz
Pancreatic cancer scares me even more than other types of cancer. So hard to detect and seems like more people die, quickly, after being diagnosed. Thank you for sharing this important info, Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP .
Donna John
So incredibly sad about Alex Trebek being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Sending prayers to this TV legend.
Marge Jesberger
My husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer over 4 years ago. Today he is cancer free thanks to early detection and the whipple operation. So there is hope, this article was great.
Elisa Schmitz
That is amazing, Marge Jesberger ! It is so good to hear stories like your husband's. So grateful he is OK. Thank you for sharing!
Very sad that Alex Trebek died of this awful disease. Thanks for the info, I didn’t realize this. 🙏
Joel Rosenthal
In 2017 I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and I had none of the symptoms which you claim would be early warning are no warning you have warning signs,it spread already and it is too was detected with a CT Scan order by my cardiologist.I had a Whipple Procedure and that is the only way you beat pancreatic cancer if you beat it at all.

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