“But it’s important to be checked by a GP if your symptoms change, get worse, or do not feel normal for you.”
Am I at risk?
You cannot always prevent pancreatic cancer evidence suggests you can lower your chances of getting it by making healthy lifestyle changes.
According to Cancer Research UK, around 20 out of 100 cases of pancreatic cancer in the UK (around 20 percent) are caused by smoking.
Studies have given mixed results but using Scandinavian snus (a type of smokeless tobacco popular in Norway and Sweden) could increase the risk of pancreatic cancer.
“The best way for people who smoke to reduce their risk of cancer and improve their overall health, is to stop smoking completely,” advises Cancer Research UK.
More than 10 in 100 pancreatic cancers in the UK (more than 10 percent) are also linked to being overweight or obese, warns the charity.
“This increase in risk could be because the pancreas makes more insulin in overweight people,” it adds.
According to the NHS, you should also cut down on how much red and processed meat you eat.
You should also try to cut down on alcohol – avoid drinking more than 14 units a week, the health body recommends.
It is worth noting that anyone can get pancreatic cancer, even if you do not think you have a higher chance of getting it.
“It’s important to get any symptoms of pancreatic cancer checked by a GP,” says the NHS.