Any type of cancer diagnosis can flip your world upside down.
But when it’s pancreatic cancer… you know you’re in for the fight of your life.
The U.S. five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is only about 10 percent—a figure that hasn’t wavered throughout my entire career.
That statistic alone makes it a cancer you want to catch as early as possible.
Luckily, that might’ve just gotten a whole lot easier.
Because British researchers recently found two new health signals linked to this deadly disease… and they’re hiding in plain sight.
But you can be on the lookout for them, starting TODAY.
Common symptoms of pancreatic cancer
There are two types of pancreatic cancer: Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is the most common form, and pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasia (PNEN), is more rare.
For PDAC, the main symptoms you want to watch for are:
- Jaundice—which is a yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes.
- Bleeding into the stomach or intestine—which is what happens if your stool suddenly turns very dark.
Other symptoms include: Trouble swallowing, diarrhea, bowel changes, vomiting, indigestion, abdominal mass or pain, weight loss, constipation, fatty stools, abdominal swelling, nausea, flatulence, heartburn, fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, itching, and back pain.
Meanwhile, common symptoms associated with the less-common PNEN include diarrhea, bowel changes, vomiting, indigestion, abdominal mass or pain, and weight loss.
Now, I know what you’re thinking… this is a long laundry list of symptoms; they aren’t all too specific; and they can occur without a dreaded diagnosis. Well, that’s exactly where this new research can help…
Two new telltale signs
A recent long-term study of 24,000 patients linked two new symptoms to a pancreatic cancer diagnosis:
- A darkening of the color of your urine.
- An increased thirst. (This one especially makes sense, as it’s also a common symptom of diabetes—a risk factor for pancreatic cancer).
Plus, this study helped pinpoint a timeline. The research showed that patients often have at least some of these common symptoms up to a year before their diagnosis, with more significant symptoms (like dark urine and an increased thirst) showing up about three months before.
In other words, the takeaway here is pretty simple: Early pancreatic cancer detection is critical… you just need to know what to look out for, and when.
So please, start making a note of even the most seemingly meaningless symptoms you might encounter—jot it down, if you have to—and be sure to mention it to your doctor. It really is that important.
In fact, I recently diagnosed two long-term patients of my own with pancreatic cancer over the last two years. But I am relieved to report that both patients are alive and thriving as I type this—because we caught it earlier than later. I even recently saw both of them, which is why this topic really caught my attention!
So while it may seem small to you, being aware of any subtle change to your health can make a huge difference to your survival. Not only from pancreatic cancer, but from countless other conditions, too.
“New symptoms identified that could help doctors diagnose pancreatic cancer.” Science Daily, 11/08/2021. (sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/11/211108081631.htm)