Pancreatic cancer symptoms: 16 things to look out for

Digestive Health

By pH health care professionals

Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, having claimed the lives of thousands of people every year, including some notable public figures such as Steve Jobs and Patrick Swayze.

One of the greatest difficulties with pancreatic cancer is that it can be difficult to detect and diagnose early, according to the National Cancer Institute. There aren’t any noticeable signs in the earliest stages, the institute says, and when there are signs, they are similar to many other illnesses. In addition, it doesn’t help that the pancreas is hidden behind organs like the stomach, small intestine, liver, gallbladder, spleen and bile ducts!

More patients continue to die from pancreatic cancer and more research and awareness is necessary.

According to Pancreatic Cancer Action, more than 50 percent of patients had never heard of pancreatic cancer before their diagnosis.

So first, what does the pancreas do?

The pancreas makes juices that help digest (break down) food. It also makes hormones, such as insulin and glucagon, that help control blood sugar levels.

What causes pancreatic cancer?

Scientists still haven’t pinned down exactly what causes cancer of the pancreas, but there are certain risk factors that increase your risk.

What are the warning signs of pancreatic cancer you should know about?

You should know about the symptoms and risk factors:

What are some proactive ways you can optimize your pancreas health overall?

Click here for a simple guide with a few action steps you can take now to take care of your pancreas. And for more about pancreatic cancer, read here

Enjoy Your Healthy Life!

The pH professional health care team includes recognized experts from a variety of health care and related disciplines, including physicians, health care attorneys, nutritionists, nurses and certified fitness instructors. To learn more about the pH Health Care Team, click here.


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