Signs of pancreatic cancer may be missed

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Image caption Nikki is having chemotherapy to help avoid the cancer from returning

One within three adults might ignore possible symptoms of pancreatic cancer, according to the charity.

Belly ache, indigestion, unexplained weight loss plus faeces that float rather than kitchen sink in the lavatory can be warning signs from the potentially deadly disease, says Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Early detection and treatment are usually vital to save lives.

Nikki Davies was diagnosed within March, aged 51. Her tumor was caught early, meaning the surgeon could remove it.

“I have been incredibly lucky that will mine could be operated on plus hadn’t spread, as far as we can inform.

“My message in order to others would be that no-one understands your body like you do.

“Know what the symptoms are usually and talk to your GP if you notice something that’s unusual for you.

“Deep down, I think you understand something is wrong.

“For me, it was the pain. This felt like an animal was eating myself from the inside. It was in my back as well, between my shoulder blades. And I would lost a lot of weight very quickly.

“I didn’t know anything at all about pancreatic cancer before the diagnosis, and I certainly wouldn’t possess known what the symptoms were. inch

Know the symptoms

Currently, about a single in 10 people diagnosed with the problem survives beyond five years.

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Image caption Hollywood actor Patrick Swayze died from advanced pancreatic malignancy aged 57

This is in large part due to the majority of patients being diagnosed at a past due stage, when treatment options are very restricted, says Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Its survey of four, 000 UK adults suggests understanding of the symptoms is still too low.

Alex Ford, chief executive at Pancreatic Cancer UK, said: “We usually do not want people to panic if they have a few or all of these symptoms, because a lot of people who have them will not have pancreatic malignancy.

“But it is essential that people know more about this disease, plus talk to their GP if they have any kind of concerns.

“The earlier people are diagnosed, the more likely they may be to be able to have surgery, which is one treatment which can save lives. inch

Common associated with pancreatic cancer include:

  • stomach and back ache
  • unusual weight loss
  • indigestion
  • changes to intestinal habits, including floating faeces

Other symptoms include:

  • loss of appetite
  • jaundice (yellow skin or eyes or even itchy skin)
  • feeling and becoming sick
  • difficulty swallowing
  • recently identified diabetes

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