Be aware of pan­cre­atic can­cer­symp­toms

Around 784 peo­ple are di­ag­nosed with pan­cre­atic can­cer ev­ery year in the UK and trag­i­cally one in four peo­ple won’t sur­vive for a month.

West Lothian Courier - - News - Dianne Dob­son, Pan­cre­atic Can­cer UK

Three in four won’t sur­vive for a year mak­ing pan­cre­atic can­cer the quick­est killing can­cer.

De­spite be­ing the can­cer with the worst out­comes, many peo­ple are un­aware of the dis­ease and the dev­as­tat­ing im­pact it can have.

Fol­low­ing World Pan­cre­atic Can­cer Day (Novem­ber 15) I urge your read­ers to find out more about the dis­ease and spread the world about its symp­toms.

An in­creased aware­ness of the symp­toms, which in­clude tummy and back pain, in­di­ges­tion, itchy skin or yel­low skin or eyes, un­ex­plained weight loss and oily float­ing poo, could lead to more peo­ple be­ing di­ag­nosed at an ear­lier stage.

The ear­lier peo­ple are di­ag­nosed, the ear­lier they can be treated it may in­crease their chances of be­ing el­i­gi­ble for life-sav­ing surgery.

Your read­ers can find more in­for­ma­tion about World Pan­cre­atic Can­cer Day at www. world­pan­cre­at­ic­cancer­day.org or seek sup­port from my­self or one of my col­leagues on the Pan­cre­atic Can­cer UK Sup­port Line Freecall 0808 801 0707.

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