9. Constant Fatigue and Weakness
General weakness and fatigue, without any change in diet and physical activity, can be an early symptom of pancreatic cancer.
In this context, fatigue can be due to the increasing growth of the tumor itself, lack of sleep due to pain or other reasons, and anemia due to loss of appetite.
Improper eating also takes a toll on your energy level and you may feel the need to rest and sleep more than usual.
If you are feeling weak and fatigued even after getting more sleep and rest, see your doctor to have the problem evaluated.
It can be a sign of a variety of cancers as well as other health problems. Early diagnosis increases the success rate of treatment.
10. Sudden, Unexplained Diabetes
Diabetes diagnosed very suddenly with no apparent reason and without any family history of the disease can be a warning sign of pancreatic cancer. A tumor can destroy insulin-making cells in your pancreas, leading to diabetes.
Symptoms such as constant fatigue, urinary urgency, numbness in your fingers and toes, and vision problems can signal onset of diabetes. If diagnosed with sudden and unexplained diabetes, opt for regular screening for pancreatic cancer.
In a 2012 study published in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, researchers found that approximately 80 percent of patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer are identified as having concomitant diabetes with a poor prognostic factor.
This study also puts emphasis on diabetes as a potential cause and effect of pancreatic cancer.