November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate among all major cancers, with less than 7% of patients surviving past five years.

Every day over 1,250 people worldwide are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and approximately 1,180 will die from the disease.

The signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer often may not occur during the early stages of the disease, however, they can include the following:

  • Digestive problems
  • Abdominal/mid-back pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Change in stool
  • Yellow skin or eyes
  • New-onset diabetes

The cause of pancreatic cancer is largely unknown, but there are various risk factors that can increase the likelihood of someone developing the disease, which include:

  • Age
  • Race
  • Diet
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Pancreatitis (chronic and hereditary)
  • Family history of pancreatic and/or other cancers

Early diagnosis is the key. Treatment for pancreatic cancer is more effective the earlier the disease is diagnosed.

If you or someone you know is regularly experiencing one or more of the symptoms above, please speak to your GP.

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