Knowing the symptoms and risk factors are important to raising awareness about pancreatic cancer and a tangible action that people can take during awareness month this November.
Pancreatic cancer may cause only vague unexplained symptoms. Pain (usually in the abdomen or back), weight loss, itching with jaundice (yellowing of the skin and/or eyes), loss of appetite, nausea, change in stool, pancreatitis and recent-onset diabetes are symptoms that may indicate pancreatic cancer.
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network urges you to speak to your doctor immediately and reference pancreatic cancer.
If you have two or more first-degree relatives who have had pancreatic cancer, a first-degree relative who developed pancreatic cancer before the age of 50, or an inherited genetic syndrome associated with pancreatic cancer, you may have an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network strongly recommends consulting with a genetic counselor to determine your risk and eligibility for a screening program.
Learn more about pancreatic cancer, additional risk factors and how to support the cause this month http://pancan.org/wagehope