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Pancreatic Cancer


Pancreatic cancer is a cancer that starts in the pancreas.

Causes are not known but risk factors include:

  • Old age
  • Family or personal history of pancreatic cancer
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Overweight

Symptoms are not apparent in the early stages. In the later stage they may include:

  • Pain in the upper abdomen that may radiate to the back
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Appetite loss
  • Weight loss
  • Jaundice
  • Depression

Pancreatic cancer can be cured only if detected in the early stage and treatment includes:

  • Surgery to remove the cancer
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy

There is no specific prevention for pancreatic cancer but a healthy lifestyle may reduce the risk.