Pancreatic Cancer Risk Factors and Symptoms
Pancreatic cancer risk factors

Many factors can contribute to the risk of developing pancreatic cancer, including:
 
  •     History of chronic pancreatitis
  •     Cigarette smoking
  •     Long-standing diabetes
 
Certain rare hereditary conditions can also be associated with pancreatic cancer, however the majority of pancreatic cancers are not hereditary.
 
Pancreatic cancer symptoms
Pancreatic cancer is sometimes called a "silent disease" because early pancreatic cancer often does not cause symptoms. But, as the cancer grows, symptoms may include:
 

 

  • Pain in the upper abdomen or upper back
  • Yellow skin and eyes, and dark urine from jaundice
  • Weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weight loss

These symptoms are not sure signs of pancreatic cancer. An infection or other problem could also cause these symptoms. Only a doctor can diagnose the cause of a person's symptoms. Anyone with these symptoms should see a doctor so that the doctor can treat any problem as early as possible.