Pancreatic cancer symptoms: Watch out for these changes in your bowel habit

Pancreatic cancer symptoms can be difficult to diagnose as symptoms aren’t usually apparent in the early stages.

Common symptoms include abdominal and back pain, unexplained weight loss and indigestion.

But a range of other symptoms can also occur, three of which are linked to your bowel habits.

There are three changes to look out for in your stools, according to Pancreatic Cancer UK.

The first, is steatorrhoea. This is described as a pale, smelly stool that may float.

The second is diarrhoea, whereby stools are loose and watery.

The third is constipation, where a person has problems opening their bowels.

Other symptoms linked to pancreatic cancer include loss of appetite, jaundice (yellow skin and eyes and itching), nausea and vomiting, difficulty swallowing, and recently diagnosed diabetes.

The NHS also lists fever and shivering, indigestion and blood clots.

But it adds: “It’s important to remember that these symptoms can be caused by many different conditions, and aren’t usually the result of cancer.

“But you should contact your GP if you’re concerned, or if these symptoms start suddenly.”

The cause of pancreatic cancer is not yet fully understood, but a number of risk factors have been associated with the disease.

These are age, with people aged 50 to 80 mainly being affected, being very overweight, and smoking. Around one in three cases are associated with using cigarettes, cigars or chewing tobacco.

Having a history of certain health conditions, such as diabetes, can also increase the risk.

The condition has the lowest survival rate of all 20 common cancers, including lung and breast cancer, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Changing your diet to lose weight could reduce your chance of developing the condition

The American Cancer Society says: “Getting to and staying at a healthy weight might also help lower your risk.

“While the effects of getting physical activity and eating well on pancreatic cancer risk are not as clear, both of these can help you stay at a healthy weight.”

The Society recommends consuming foods and beverages in recommended amounts to lose weight.

“Eat a healthy diet with an emphasis on plant foods. This includes at least two and a half cups of vegetables and fruits every day.”

Daily Express :: Health Feed

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