Pancreatic cancer is typically an aggressive form of cancer that quickly spreads to nearby organs and while the condition accounts for just 3% of cancer cases in the United States, it accounts for as much as 7% of all cancer fatalities. This form of cancer is also seldom detected early and when time is so valuable it is important to recognize the warning signs of this disease as soon as possible and discuss the symptoms with a medical professional.
- Enlarged liver or gallbladder
- Abdominal and back pain
- Blood clots
- Nausea and vomiting
- Weight loss or loss of appetite
- Dark urine
- Light-colored stool
- Itchy skin
Recognizing the other factors that potentially increase the risk for developing pancreatic cancer, such as chronic pancreatitis, diabetes, smoking, obesity, or old age, may also help in identifying the symptoms related to this condition.
If you are experiencing any combination of the potential warning signs of pancreatic cancer, or there is a pattern of the disease in your family, it is important to discuss your health and family history with your primary care physician immediately.
Read further for more information regarding Baptist Health’s cancer care options.