Researchers identify new symptoms associated with pancreatic cancer

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When pancreatic cancer is diagnosed earlier, patients have a higher chance of survival.


(Emily Henderson/ News Medical Net) — Researchers have identified a series of symptoms associated with pancreatic cancer, including two previously unrecognized symptoms – feeling thirsty and having dark urine – in a study presented today (Monday) at the NCRI Festival.

The study has confirmed a further 21 signs of pancreatic cancer and shown that patients often have some symptoms of the disease up to a year before their cancers are diagnosed, and other alarming symptoms three months before diagnosis.

The researchers hope their findings could improve survival by helping GPs diagnose the disease earlier, especially when patients present with several seemingly non-specific symptoms. (…)

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