Signs and Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer
Signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer don’t often occur until the disease is in an advanced stage. When they do appear, they may include:
Upper abdominal pain that is new, significant, and chronic (may be relieved by leaning forward)
Jaundice (yellowing of your skin/eyes, dark urine)
Loss of appetite
Unexplained, significant weight loss
Nausea and vomiting
New onset of diabetes
There are two types of pancreaticcancer:
Exocrine tumors and endocrine tumors.
Exocrine tumors are the most common type and make up about 90 percent of pancreatic cancers.
Endocrine tumors are much less common and make up about 2 to 5 percent of pancreatic cancers.
The cause of pancreatic cancer is unknown. However, there are risk factors that may increase a person’s risk for developing the disease:
Excess body weight or obesity.
Smoking. Research shows smoking increases your risk for developing pancreatic cancer.
Chronic inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). Long-term inflammation of the pancreas has been linked to pancreatic cancer.
Age. Risk of developing pancreatic cancer increases with age.
Family history of pancreatic cancer.
Diabetes. May increase risk of developing pancreatic cancer.