Pancreatic cancer doesn’t usually give rise to any symptoms or signs in the early stages. This is the main reason why it can be so difficult to detect and diagnose. As the cancer grows the symptoms it causes will depend on the type of pancreatic cancer and where it is in the pancreas.
Any symptoms people do have can be quite vague and may come and go at times. These symptoms may include Abdominal pain, lethargy, indigestion, weight loss, changes to bowel habits, jaundice, back pain, new on set diabetes. The symptoms can also be a sign of other more common illnesses such as pancreatitis, gastritis, gallstones or hepatitis.
It is important to remember that any of the symptoms described here are common for lots of illnesses and may not be a sign of pancreatic cancer.