Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is sometimes called a “silent cancer” because there are generally no symptoms in the early stages. Early pancreatic cancer symptoms are often vague and unrecognised and can often be dismissed by patients and doctors alike; by which time the diagnosis is often too late for potentially life saving surgery to be an option.

Common pancreatic cancer symptoms can include:

Other symptoms of pancreatic cancer can include:

All of these symptoms can have multiple other causes, and there is not yet a reliable diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer. Therefore, pancreatic cancer is often not diagnosed until it is advanced.

If you regularly experience any of the above symptoms which are persistent and not normal for you, contact your GP

Keep track of any symptoms you may be experiencing with our symptom diary – click on the link to download a copy.


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Pancreatic Cancer Action Symptoms diary













Contact the NHS 111 Service

For general health information as well as information on pancreatic cancer, visit NHS Choices

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