It’s Time to Take it on: What is Pancreatic Cancer?

Posted by admin on November 28, 2018 in Uncategorized

It’s not often talked about, the big ‘C’…But in today’s society almost everyone will likely become personally acquainted with cancer, whether it’s with family, friends or ourselves.  Age is a huge risk factor when it comes to cancer, with over 60% of those battling with cancer aged 65 and over.  However, pancreatic cancer is often difficult to diagnose, which is why it’s even more important to be cancer aware.

Know the Facts

If you’re a little unsure what pancreatic cancer is, this type of cancer is caused by uncontrolled and abnormal growth of cells in your pancreas.  Over half of new cases diagnosed are in people over the age of 75 and while it is uncommon in people under 40, you should still be aware of the main symptoms of pancreatic cancer.

In the early stages of this type of cancer, a tumour growing in the pancreas does not typically cause any symptoms, which is why this is one of the more difficult types of cancer to diagnose.

In many cases, the first symptoms include:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Jaundice or yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes
  • Pain in your stomach area which worsens when eating or lying down

Beyond the Basics

Pancreatic cancer can also cause symptoms including:

  • Vomiting
  • Noticeable changes in bowel movements
  • Fever
  • Shivering

While we are taking a closer look at pancreatic cancer, it is also important to remember that a lot of these symptoms can be caused by other conditions.  If you are concerned make sure to contact your GP who will refer you to a hospital if further testing is necessary.

You can also choose to consult a specialist.  The Loc is a private cancer treatment centre that continues to lead in the development of cancer care.  If you choose to visit The Loc, you will be treated by the world’s leading specialists in pancreatic cancer.

What to do if You Have Just Been Diagnosed with Cancer?

We can all agree that being diagnosed with cancer can be a huge shock and can completely turn your life upside down.  If you’re feeling worried or overwhelmed, here’s some useful information.

Some families will find it difficult to talk about this diagnosis as they may not want to upset you.  If you feel like you need to talk to someone you can get in touch with a Cancer Research UK nurses on 0808 800 4040.  This service is available on weekdays and can be a great way to discuss your diagnosis with someone outside of your friends and family circle.

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