Is your pancreas trying to get your attention?

Pancreatic cancer is a hidden cancer

The problem with hidden cancers is symptoms often go undiagnosed in the early stages of the disease.

That’s why it’s important to pay attention to your pancreas and check for symptoms.

Upper abdominal pain or back pain

Loss of appetite and weight loss

Yellowing of skin or eyes (Jaundice)

Other symptoms may include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Change in bowel habits including diarrhoea, constipation or the feeling of incomplete emptying
  • Pale and greasy stools
  • Severe back pain
  • Onset of diabetes (10-20% of people with pancreatic cancer develop diabetes)

Symptoms can vary for everyone and if you’re over 65, you are more at risk.

Early detection is vital

1 in 67 Australians

It is estimated that one in 67 Australians will be diagnosed by the time they are 85

#2 cancer related deaths

By 2030, pancreatic cancer is projected to be the 2nd leading cause of cancer related deaths

Pay attention to your pancreas and speak to your GP if you experience any symptoms

GI Cancer Institute raise funds and awareness of gastro-intestinal cancer and develop best practice clinical trials for people with gastro-intestinal cancer.

Since 1991, our key priority has been to conduct research to find safe and effective treatments for GI cancers with the aim of improving medical practice and patient care.

The challenges of treating GI cancers are vast so our research priorities and strategic activities focus our efforts to accelerate the pace of discovery.

View our current pancreatic cancer clinical trials. If you believe a trial is relevant to you, please contact your cancer care team to discuss further.

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