The symptoms of pancreatic cancer are generally vague and non-specific. Weight loss is one of the earliest symptoms. However, there are many other medical and non-medical causes of weight loss. Abdominal pain is not uncommon late in the disease. Another late symptom is jaundice, or yellowness of the whites of the eyes.
The only known preventable risk factor is smoking. Dietary factors such as alcohol and fat have been implicated but not proven as yet to cause pancreatic cancer.
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