We know that primary care professionals play a vital role in spotting potential symptoms of pancreatic cancer to aid early diagnosis, which can significantly improve a patient’s chance of surviving the disease.
However, at Pancreatic Cancer Action, we understand that diagnosis is not always easy. This is why we have developed a section on our pancreaticcanceraware.org website which is specifically for healthcare professionals.
The section includes information on spotting key signs, symptoms and risk factors of pancreatic cancer, online training and resources including a diagnostic guide for GPs.
Awareness is needed…
There is a chronic lack of awareness of pancreatic cancer among the public and healthcare professionals:
- According to a public awareness survey carried out by Research Now in February 2017, which was commissioned by us, just 6% of the UK public say they know a lot about pancreatic cancer and its symptoms.
- A mere 3% of GPs admitted to feeling confident and informed about pancreatic cancer and its symptoms. This was according to a survey of 400 GPs carried out by Research Now in October 2015.
To visit the healthcare professional site click here.