11 Early Signs of the Deadly Pancreatic Cancer!
Find out the early signs of pancreatic cancer and prevent it on time!The pancreas is located deep inside the abdomen, and it is only 4 to 6 inches long and shaped like a tadpole. In the “tail” of the pancreas are cells that produce insulin, and tumors at this end are usually endocrine tumors. They’re easier to diagnose, but are much rarer. At the other end, the “head” of the pancreas is where the real problem occurs. There are cells that produce digestive enzymes, and tumors at this end are called exocrine tumors. These are by far the most common, but unfortunately much more difficult to detect.
That’s why most people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer are already in the advanced stage of the disease by the time it’s caught, and the typical prognosis is death within five years.
Are you at risk?
Although there is no universal cause of pancreatic cancer, people at higher risk of developing the disease include those with a family history of the disease, heavy smokers, the obese and people aged over 50 with new-onset diabetes.
Knowing this, you want to make sure that you are not ignoring any symptoms that can later claim your life. Read about them below:
History of Diabetes
A startling research was published recently showing that 40 percent of pancreatic cancer patients had been diagnosed with diabetes one to two years before discovering they had a pancreatic tumor. Scientists believe the diabetes is caused by tumors that simply haven’t been detected yet. The problem is, diabetes is very common, and the majority of diabetes isn’t pancreatic cancer, so doctors are trying to develop screening tools to tell the difference. Make sure you share your family history of diabetes with the doctors!
Yellowing of the eyes or skin
Even a small pancreatic tumor can block the bile duct in the head of the pancreas, causing bile to build up. This causes jaundice. The appearance of this symptom may cause the tumors to be found at an early, treatable stage. But those that start in the body or the tail of the pancreas don’t push the bile duct and doesn’t cause jaundice early enough so that the cancers spread freely and escape discovery until they are in the advanced stage.
An enlarged gall bladder
The same blockage of the bile duct that causes jaundice can also cause an enlarged gallbladder, as the bile builds up behind the duct. The good news is that an enlarged gallbladder can be seen on imaging tests, and it may even be possible for a doctor to feel it during a physical exam.
Itchy and irritated
A little-known side-effect of jaundice is itchy hands and feet. It’s due to a skin reaction to the bilirubin, the yellowish brown liver chemical that causes jaundice.
Dark colored urine-Bleeding in the upper intestines causes this symptom.
Loss of appetite
One study found that six to eight months before being diagnosed with pancreatic tumors, patients reported a sudden drop in their appetite and a tendency to feel full after eating very little.
Arbitrary loss of weight
Most people usually want to lose weight, but if you are not trying to lose weight and still losing pounds for no reason at all, this should be a cause for worry.
Pancreatic cancer sufferers remember this pain as a gnawing pain, rather than a sharp cramp or ache, and it radiates toward the back. A characteristic clue: the pain goes away when you lean forward.
Nausea and vomiting
Although vomiting is a universal symptom of pregnancy, you should keep in mind that cancer can press on the stomach and block it, preventing food to pass through which triggers nausea followed by vomiting.
If you have blood clots on the veins on the leg., don’t mistake them with varicose veins, as they can be a sign of pancreatic cancer
These symptoms can, of course mean many things as they are very common. However, if you experience two or three of them, you should tell your doctor about them and ask for a screening for pancreatic cancer. Hopefully, they are not causes of worry and if they are, hopefully, they will be caught early enough to save your life.