Symptoms of pancreatic cancer can be obscure, such as poo that keeps reappearing in the toilet bowl, even though you’ve flushed. What are the other warning signs you need to keep an eye on? Cancer Research UK stated that faeces that are difficult to flush away may be a sign of “fatty stools”. They might be pale coloured and smelly, and could be an indication that the pancreatic duct is blocked by a cancerous tumour.
The painful sensation may hurt more just after you’ve eaten food; otherwise, a persistent pain may be felt in the middle of the back.
Jaundice could occur, which is when the white of the eyes and the skin take on a yellow hue.
Increased bile salts in the bloodstream, due to jaundice, can lead to itchy skin.
“Some people diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas are found to be newly diabetic,” warned Cancer Research UK.
Am I at risk of pancreatic cancer?
Older age is one of the main risk factors, with the cancer most commonly diagnosed in adults aged 75 and older.
Smoking tobacco is also linked to pancreatic cancer, accounting for 20 percent of cases.
Obesity is also a risk factor, accounting for 10 percent of pancreatic cancers.
Family history of cancer can also play a role, accounting for up to 10 percent of cases.