- The symptoms of pancreatic cancer include pain in your tummy or back, losing weight without meaning to, loss of appetite, indigestion, jaundice (yellow eyes and skin), and changes to your bowel habits.
- Pancreatic cancer often doesn’t cause symptoms in the early stages. As the cancer grows, it may start to cause symptoms. Any symptoms may be vague, and may come and go to begin with.
- If you have jaundice, go to your GP or A&E straight away.
- If you have any of the other symptoms, you don’t know why you have them, and they last four weeks or more, go to your GP.
- Risk factors for pancreatic cancer include age, smoking, being overweight, pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), and diabetes.
- You may need several tests to diagnose pancreatic cancer.
- Sometimes, pancreatic cancer may run in a family. This isn’t common – it’s less than one in ten (10%) of pancreatic cancers.
- People with a strong family history of pancreatic cancer might be able to have screening.