Symptoms of pancreatic cancer
Pancreatic cancer may not cause symptoms for a long time and some people may have only one symptom. The most common symptoms are pain in the upper abdomen, weight loss, and jaundice.
This often begins in the upper abdomen and sometimes spreads to the back. The pain may come and go or be there all the time. It may feel worse when you are lying down and be relieved by sitting up or bending forward
This may occur even if there have been no changes in the amount of food you eat.
Jaundice can develop if cancer in the head of the pancreas blocks the bile duct.
Bile can’t drain away and builds up in the body causing symptoms such as yellowing
of the skin and the whites of the eyes, itchy skin, dark yellow urine, and pale bowel motions.
Jaundice can also be caused by illnesses other than pancreatic cancer.
Other symptoms may include:
Remember: most pain in the abdomen is not caused by cancer of the pancreas.
But see your doctor if you are worried.