Do you know that scientists are still unaware of the causes of pancreatic cancer, but it reports for around 7% of cancer deaths? According to American Cancer Society, about 53,670 people will get the effect by Pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer can be cured by just maintaining a healthy and sound lifestyle. Let’s have a look at top 10 pointers of pancreatic cancer that you should look out for as catching it as early as possible may lead to a higher survival rate.
1. Nausea and vomiting
Pancreatic cancer that initially acts on the far end side of the stomach may typically end up partly obstructing the stomach; this makes it hard for food to get through the gut. And the results will be nausea, vomiting, and pain that aggravate after eating.
It’s quite uncommon, but yes, pancreatic cancer can sometimes cause diabetes as it destroys the cells which make insulin. Symptoms, like feeling hungry and having to urinate frequently, comes into action.
A person who has pancreatic cancer also experiences jaundice categorized by yellowing of skin or/and eyes. Jaundice is considered as the first symptom of pancreatic cancer which takes place due to the blockage of a bile duct.
4. Unexplained weight loss
People with pancreatic cancer usually suffer from unexpected weight loss. Not only this, their appetite becomes small which results in further unplanned weight loss.
5. Stomachache and lower back pain
Pain in the stomach or back is common in people with pancreatic cancer. This happens when cancer starts to grow in the pancreas presses other nearby organs which cause pain. People also suffer from back pain when same cancer spreads to the nerves that mount the pancreas.
6. Blood Clots
This is the premature sign of pancreatic cancer that often occurs in a large vein followed by symptoms like bumping, pain, redness and warmth in the affected area. Having blood clots doesn’t mean that you have pancreatic cancer but a physician should definitely look closely at them.
7. Light-colored or oily Stools
Blockage of bile duct builds up the bilirubin that gives the brown color to tools which result in pale or gray stools. Stools become greasy if the pancreatic enzymes and bile can’t get over the intestines to break the fats.
8. Changing of urine color
You must know that urine color becomes dark in jaundice. This is because as the bilirubin level increases and urine color changes to brown.
9. Gallbladder or liver enlargement
When cancer blocks the bile duct, bile builds up in the gallbladder which causes it to enlarge. Once pancreatic cancer spreads, it also expands the liver.
10. Itchy skin
Skin itching is quite common when bilirubin builds up in the skin. Apart from the yellowish color of skin (jaundice), the skin becomes dry, uncomfortable, and itchy.
Solution: Keeping a symptom’s diary
Using a symptoms diary will keep a record and help you and your doctor to give your proper medication according to the weekly condition. This way you would definitely keep tracks on your daily food habits too. Download from here