Pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive forms of the disease – in fact, the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research says that it’s the 3rd leading cancer-related cause of death in the U.S.; 91-percent of patients with this form of cancer will die within 5-years of a diagnosis.
Pancreatic cancer is sometimes hard to detect, as it doesn’t always present symptoms early on. However, getting treatment as soon as you suspect a problem may dramatically improve the outcome. Here are 13 signs of pancreatic cancer that should prompt a visit to your doctor…
1. Yellowing of the Skin
Medically known as jaundice, it’s “one of the clearest symptoms of pancreatic cancer,” according to Reader’s Digest. You may notice yellowish hues in your eyes.
This occurs because pancreatic cancer can block the bile duct, meaning bile doesn’t make it to the intestines and builds up in the system. This can show up in your skin or eyes, and it can also become itchy.