Symptoms, causes of pancreatic cancer (part 2)

Published : 05 Nov 2021 08:40 PM

• Abdominal pain that radiates to your back

• Loss of appetite or unintended weight loss

• Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)

• Light-colored stools

• Dark-colored urine

• Itchy skin

• New diagnosis of diabetes or existing diabetes that's becoming more difficult to control

• Blood clots

• Fatigue


Understanding your pancreas: 

Your pancreas is about 6 inches (15 centimeters) long and looks something like a pear lying on its side. It releases (secretes) hormones, including insulin, to help your body process sugar in the foods you eat. And it produces digestive juices to help your body digest food and absorb nutrients.

How pancreatic cancer forms:

Pancreatic cancer occurs when cells in your pancreas develop changes (mutations) in their DNA. A cell's DNA contains the instructions that tell a cell what to do. These mutations tell the cells to grow uncontrollably and to continue living after normal cells would die. These accumulating cells can form a tumor. When left untreated, the pancreatic cancer cells can spread to nearby organs and blood vessels and to distant parts of the body.

    Courtesy: Mayo Clinic