Pancreatic cancer awareness month - do you know the signs?

Pancreatic cancer action

November has been pancreatic awareness month and with almost 10,000 people newly diagnosed with the disease each year within the UK, it is something that affects a huge number of people. 

Pancreatic cancer affects men and women equally with incidence increasing from the age of 45. The average age at diagnosis is 72.

Raising pancreatic cancer awareness can be done as an individual or group all year long, but it is especially important during November, which is pancreatic cancer awareness month.

Classic pancreatic cancer symptoms can include:

  • Painless jaundice
  • Unexplained significant weight loss
  • New onset of significant abdominal pain

There are other, lesser known symptoms which we also need to be aware of, they are:

  • New pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen that radiates to the back. This can be either persistent or intermittent.
  • Back pain
  • New onset of Diabetes which is not associated with weight gain
  • Indigestion
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pain when eating
  • Steatorrhea (fatty stools that are often pale and smell foul)


If you would like to find out more information please visit the Pancreatic Cancer Action website.

Published 26th November, 2017



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