Risks & Symptoms


The cause of the majority of pancreatic cancer cases is unknown, but research studies have identified the following risk factors that may increase the likelihood that someone will develop pancreatic cancer.


Pancreatic cancer often doesn’t cause any signs or symptoms in the early stages, which can make it hard to diagnose early. The symptoms of pancreatic cancer are often vague and may at first appear to be associated with other less serious and more common conditions. Symptoms may come and go, the severity can also vary for each person and some may not have any or all of these symptoms.

There are various symptoms that you should not ignore. They may be causing you pain and inconvenience but, more importantly, they may also be warning you that something more serious is amiss.

Click on the thistles below to see what these are:

What to do

The symptoms listed above can also be attributed to other less serious causes and conditions. If you have concerns and persistently experience one or more of the symptoms, which are not normal for you, make an appointment with your GP.

Don’t ignore the warning signs!

Persistent symptoms that are non-responsive to medication prescribed by doctors will require early investigation and referral to your local hospital for more in-depth investigation.

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