When abnormal cells develop in the pancreas and grow out of control, they can create a tumor. The cause of most pancreatic cancers is unknown and symptoms are usually subtle, often attributed to less serious medical conditions. However, early detection is vital. Patients diagnosed in time for surgery are more likely to live five years and beyond. Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest of all cancers – five-year survival rates are typically only in the single digits and in Canada are just a dismal 8 per cent.
- Common symptoms of pancreas cancer
- Symptoms of pancreas cancer may include:
- abdominal or back pain
- weight loss,
- loss of appetite
- changes in stool
These symptoms are often subtle and are initially attributed
to other less serious and more common conditions.
Pancreatic Cancer Global Facts