Pancreatic cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death in the UK. This authoritative, yet plain English section has been developed by leading HPB experts who have written exclusively for totalhealth. They have avoided medical jargon and technical terms wherever possible and have been prepared specifically with you, the patient, in mind. The information on totalhealth has been divided into separate articles to provide an overview of cancer of the pancreas with advice and information on the prognosis of pancreatic cancer, symptoms, diagnosis and surgical treatment of pancreatic cancer.
Risk factors for pancreatic cancer include smoking, diabetes and obesity. The symptoms of pancreatic cancer are often non-specific and the cancer can be advanced before the disease is identified. Early diagnosis is vital for survival in pancreatic cancer.