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2018 World Pancreatic Cancer Day

Today, we’ve turned purple for World Pancreatic Cancer Day. The World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition has brought together more than 70 organisations from 30 countries and six continents to raise awareness and inspire action on World Pancreatic Cancer Day. Through this combined effort, we are bringing greater attention, awareness, and better outcomes to this deadly disease. 

Demand Better with us. Take action to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer, the symptoms and risks of this disease, and the urgent need for earlier detection.

Currently, there is no standard screening test or early detection method for pancreatic cancer. Some are in development – another sign of the progress happening in the field that needs greater attention and funding support. 

Early diagnosis is vital, so listen to your body and don’t ignore the signs. If you have symptoms, speak to your healthcare provider as soon as you can.

Pancreatic cancer often doesn’t cause any signs or symptoms in the early stages, which can make it hard to diagnose early. Symptoms can also be vague and may come and go, while the severity can also vary for each person. You may not have any or all of these symptoms. 

It’s important to remember that symptoms can be caused by more common things. They can also be caused by conditions such as pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), gallstones, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or hepatitis (inflammation of the liver).

  • Abdominal and mid-back pain
  • Unexplained Weight loss
  • Yellow Skin or Eyes
  • Change in Stool
  • New-onset Diabetes
  • Digestive problems

The cause of the majority of pancreatic cancer cases is unknown, but research studies have identified the following risk factors that may increase the likelihood that someone will develop pancreatic cancer.

  • Family History of Pancreatic Cancer
  • Family History of Other Cancers
  • Diabetes
  • Pancreatitis (Chronic and Hereditary)
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Race (Ethnicity)
  • Age
  • Diet

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