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by Dr. C.H. Weaver M.D. 9/10/2018

Pancreatic cancer is considered a “silent” disease because it does not always cause early symptoms and is often detected once it has spread beyond the pancreas. There are, however, warning signs of the disease, which are listed below. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Weight loss with no known cause
  • Abdominal pain that gradually worsens, increases after eating or when lying down; may be somewhat relieved when leaning forward; can be severe at night and may radiate to lower back
  • Diarrhea, constipation, gas pains, bloating, or belching
  • Nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite
  • Jaundice—a yellowish discoloration of ski or whites of eyes and very dark urine
  • Sudden onset of diabetes or other glucose tolerance disorder
  • Black or bloody stool (sign of bleeding in digestive tract)
  • Stools that float in the toilet
  • General weakness
  • Enlarged liver and gallbladder
  • Itching all over
  • Clay- or light-colored stools
  • Blood clots in legs

Also be aware of other symptoms, which may indicate rare types of pancreatic cancer. The following hormone imbalances may be signs of these types of diseases:

  • Weakness, sweating, rapid heartbeat, irritability, or skin flushing—complications of low blood sugar
  • Severe watery diarrhea
  • New skin rash
  • Severe symptoms of an ulcer (such as stomach pain with watery diarrhea) that is not relieved by antacids or ulcer medication
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