Symptoms

There are no early warning signs for pancreatic cancer. In fact, symptoms may be so non-specific they are often ignored.

The following are the other most common symptoms associated with pancreatic cancer:

  • Pain in the upper abdomen (belly) or upper back
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes, and dark urine)
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Extreme fatigue
  • An enlarged abdomen from a swollen gallbladder 
  • Pale, greasy stools that float in the toilet 

Many of these symptoms can also be caused by other, more common health problems. For example, hepatitis, gallstones, and other liver problems can block the bile duct and are much more common causes of jaundice. Tell your doctor if you have any of these symptoms to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.

Other signs of pancreatic cancer, such as an enlarged gallbladder or the sudden onset of type 2 diabetes may be found by a physician during an exam, even if there are no other noticeable symptoms.