Pancreatic Cancer Signs and Symptoms
According to the American Cancer Society, signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer, early pancreatic cancers often do not cause any signs or symptoms. By the time they do cause symptoms, they have often already spread outside the pancreas. It’s not clear what causes pancreatic cancer in most cases. Doctors have identified risk factors, such as smoking, that increase your risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer
Jaundice is yellowing of the eyes and skin. Most people with pancreatic cancer (and virtually all people with ampullary cancer) will have jaundice as one of their first symptoms.
Nausea and vomiting
Light-colored or greasy stools
Pain in the abdomen or back
Pain in the abdomen or back is common in pancreatic cancer. Cancers that start in the body or tail of the pancreas can grow fairly large and start to press on other nearby organs, causing pain.
Unintended weight loss and poor appetite
Liver or Gallbladder enlargement
If the cancer blocks the bile duct, bile can build up in the gallbladder, making it larger.
Abnormalities in fatty tissue
In some cases, people with pancreatic cancer develop an uneven texture of the fatty tissue underneath the skin. This is caused by the release of the pancreatic enzymes that digest fat.
In rare cases, pancreatic cancers can cause diabetes
Experiencing one or more of the symptoms listed above does not necessarily mean that you have pancreatic cancer. As with most diseases, many of these symptoms can also be caused by other conditions. However, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to get checked by your doctor or healthcare professional and treated as necessary.
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