Pancreatic cancer is a distressing disease that can put a lot of strain on relationships. To stand a better chance of overcoming the condition, an early diagnosis is needed. Recognise that a certain colour of urine could signal the disease.
What’s the pancreas?
The pancreas is part of the digestive system, situated behind the stomach – and in front of the spine – in the upper part of the abdomen.
It is roughly around six inches long and is level with where your ribs meet at the front of your body.
Split into three main parts: the head, body and tail of the pancreas.
Connected to the pancreatic duct is the common bile duct, which carries bile from the liver and ball bladder through the ampulla of Vater into the duodenum.
Together, the digestive juices and bile help to digest food.
If the cancer is in the head of the pancreas, it can block the bile duct.
As a result, jaundice might develop as a symptom of pancreatic cancer.
Jaundice takes place when bile can’t drain away, so starts to collect in the body.
One symptom of jaundice is dark, yellow urine.
Sometimes an indicator of dehydration, when pee is this colour due to jaundice, it could be a sign of pancreatic cancer.
Other symptoms of jaundice include yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes.