The pancreas is an organ located behind the stomach in the back of the abdomen. The pancreatic glands secrete pancreatic juices, hormones, and insulin. Pancreatic juices help breakdown of food and the hormones maintain blood sugar levels. Pancreatic cancer begins in the tissues of your pancreas usually in the cells that produce.
The pancreatic juices. A tumour starts building up and then interferes with the main functions of the pancreas.Pancreatic cancer often has a poor prognosis. It spreads rapidly and is rarely detected in its early stages, which is a why it is a leading cause of cancer death.
Signs and symptoms may not appear until pancreatic cancer has advanced to a health risking stage.
- Long-term diabetes
- Chronic pancreatitis
- Certain hereditary disorders
- Pain in the upper abdomen that may radiate to the back
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes and darkening of the urine called jaundice. This is because the cancer interferes with the bile duct and the liver.
- Loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting
- Significant weight loss and weakness
- Pale or grey stool and excess fat in stool