Early Stage Pancreatic
Pancreatic cancer is called a silent killer because it can grow or spread without detection. That’s why it’s critically important to learn what early stage symptoms mean for this cancer.
If pancreatic cancer is caught early, it may be treatable and potentially curable, but unfortunately only about 9% of cases are detected at stage 1. This is because, many people fail to pay serious attention to the signs, symptoms and risk factors they may have. Also, some symptoms like muscle weakness, unexplained tiredness and back pain can mimic other illnesses. Being aware that the pancreas is located in the back of the abdomen, pain in the stomach and back can be common symptoms of this type of cancer.
Other symptoms may include:
- Dark urine or stool that is very light in color
- Intense abdominal pain
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin)
- Swelling in the legs
- Unexplained weight loss
- Chronic pancreatitis
- Developing diabetes over the age of 50, accompanied by unexplained weight loss
There is not one single symptom that points to pancreatic cancer when the disease in the early stages, but it is always a good idea to go for regular doctor check-ups and note any changes – no matter how insignificant they may seem.
Remember, you are your own best advocate when it comes to pancreatic cancer prevention and early detection. Know the symptoms, risk factors and how to reduce the risks of pancreatic cancer so any symptoms have a chance to be treated before it may be too late.