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11Early Warning Signs of Pancreatic Cancer

Symptoms and signs of pancreatic cancer are hard to recognize. In many cases they are not discovered until after it is too late and the cancer has spread in the body. Pancreatic Cancer occurs when the cells in the pancreas begin with the out of control multiplication and form a mass.

Pancreatic cancer often has poor prognosis. Researchers at Dana-Faber Cancer institute, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, have discovered some early symptoms of cancer that can help in early detection and a possible treatment. A rise in certain amino acids can be an indication of the early development of the disease.

Blood samples of about 1500 people collected over the years for health tracking studies were analyzed to check how the metabolites progressed into pancreatic cancer and also individuals who did not get the disease.


According to Brian Wolpin, a co-senior author of the new study, there is enough evidence to back the claim that expanded level of amino acids was present in the individuals who developed pancreatic cancer than the individuals who did not get the disease.

Almost 2-25 years would pass before the individual with high levels of amino acids were diagnosed with cancer which by the time was detected had already spread to other body parts. The average life of a person being 5 years after the diagnosis, pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers.

The new study has listed the below potential early warning Signs of Pancreatic Cancer

  1. Diabetes, especially if it comes on suddenly.
  2. Yellowing of the eyes or skin.
  3. Itchy skin, palms, and soles of feet.
  4. Lack of appetite.
  5. Changes in taste.
  6. Abdominal pain.
  7. An enlarged gall bladder.
  8. Pale, floating, smelly stools.
  9. Dark, tarry stools.
  10. Sudden, unexplained weight loss.
  11. Mouth ulcers

Via: Disabled World

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