Pancreatic cancer symptoms: Indigestion may warn of the deadly disease

Pancreatic cancer symptoms: Indigestion may warn of the deadly disease

As the cancerous tumour grows in size, symptoms may come and go – and are often overlooked as harmless conditions. The charity Pancreatic Cancer UK suggests booking an appointment with your GP if any of the following signs of the disease persist. One of the indicators of pancreatic cancer is indigestion – a painful, burning feeling in the chest. Indigestion can also leave a bitter, unpleasant taste in your mouth – and although it can be a symptom of pancreatic cancer, it could be due to other common problems.

A person can also suffer from diarrhoea and/or constipation, and the individual may have been diagnosed with diabetes in the past year.

Other symptoms to note include losing your appetite, further digestive troubles and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes).

The charity urges anyone suffering from jaundice to see go to A&E immediately, or book an appointment with your GP as soon as possible.

As for further digestive issues, it’ll help to understand that the pancreas plays an important role in breaking down food.

During digestion, the pancreas creates enzymes that break down sugars, fats and starches.

Therefore, if a cancerous tumour is disturbing the functioning of the pancreas, a person may feel full very quickly, become bloated, have lots of wind and burp a lot.

Where is the pancreas in the body?

The pancreas is a gland organ located in the abdomen.

As for any of the above symptoms, if you’re not sure why they’re occurring, visit your GP if they last for four weeks or longer.

The charity added: “If your GP asks you to come back and see them at a later date, make sure you do.”

Am I at risk of pancreatic cancer?

There is evidence smoking, being overweight and having diabetes can raise your risk of pancreatic cancer.

Your risk is also heightened in older age, and if there is a family history of the disease.

Published at Mon, 01 Mar 2021 08:06:00 +0000