ABOUT THE PANCREAS

The pancreas is a gland in the abdomen, located behind the stomach and in front of the spine. It has two main functions:

  • • Digestion
  • • Blood sugar regulation

Pancreatic cancer begins when abnormal cells within the pancreas grow out of control and form a tumor. Early detection of the disease can lead to better patient outcomes. And a key to early detection is knowing the risk factors and symptoms.

Learn more about the pancreas and pancreatic cancer.

LEARN THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

Pancreatic cancer may cause only vague symptoms, but if you are experiencing one or more of the below unexplained symptoms that are abnormal and persistent, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network urges you to see your doctor and reference pancreatic cancer.

Get more info on the signs and symptoms

Abdominal or mid-back pain

Loss of appetite

Jaundice

Weight loss

Nausea

Change in stool

Recent onset diabetes



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KNOW THE RISK FACTORS

The exact causes of pancreatic cancer are not yet well understood. Research studies have identified certain risk factors that may increase the likelihood that an individual will develop pancreatic cancer.

Learn more about the risk factors

Family history

Risk increases if multiple first-degree relatives had the disease, or any were diagnosed under 50.

diet

A diet high in red and processed meats may increase risk. A diet high in fruits and vegetable may decrease risk.

obesity

Obese people have a 20% increased risk of developing the disease compared to people of a normal weight.

race

African-Americans and Ashkenazi Jews have a higher incidence of pancreatic cancer.

smoking

Smoking may cause about 20-30% of all exocrine pancreatic cancer cases.

gender

Slightly more men are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer than women.

age

The chance of developing pancreatic cancer increases with age.

Diabetes

Long-standing (over 5 years) diabetes increases risk.

Pancreatitis

Chronic pancreatitis increases risk. Risk is even higher for people with hereditary pancreatitis.


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LET US HELP

Knowing you are at risk for pancreatic cancer – or thinking you may have the disease – can be overwhelming. Give us a call, email us or complete the form below to get the support you need.

Whether you’re curious about the symptoms, concerned about your risk or have already been diagnosed, our highly trained and compassionate staff can provide free, personalized information.

Call Patient Central (877) 573-9971

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