Nearly a third of people wait three months before seeking help for pancreatic cancer, opinion polls show

The deadly cancer signs that patients ignore: Nearly a third of people wait three months before seeking help for symptoms of pancreatic disease, poll shows

  • A ‘worrying’ number of people endure seeking help for pancreatic cancer
  • A poll revealed that 28 percent of the population waits three months before seeking help
  • Charity Pancreatic Cancer UK warned ‘there is no time to wait’ with the disease










A ‘worrying’ number of people are postponing seeking help for one of the deadliest cancers, a charity has warned.

Pancreatic cancer UK said anyone with common symptoms of the disease – including back pain, indigestion, abdominal pain and weight loss – should see a GP if the problems persist for more than four weeks.

Anyone with jaundice – yellowing of the skin or eyes – should immediately go to the emergency room, it added.

More than 10,000 people are diagnosed with the disease in the UK each year, but early detection gives people better chances of survival

More than 10,000 people are diagnosed with the disease in the UK each year, but early detection gives people better chances of survival

A poll has revealed that 28 percent of people wait three months before seeking help, while 22 percent said they would not feel confident recognizing jaundice.

The 2,000-adult survey, conducted by Savanta ComRes on behalf of the charity, also showed that 31 percent would delay seeking help longer than usual due to the pandemic.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly cancers, partly because the symptoms are vague.

About four out of five people with the disease are diagnosed when the cancer is at a late stage and they have missed the chance of life-saving treatment.

Diana Jupp, CEO of Pancreatic Cancer UK, said: ‘There is no time to wait with pancreatic cancer.

The charity urged everyone with jaundice ¿yellowing of the skin or eyes ¿to go to the emergency department immediately

The charity urged that everyone with jaundice – yellowing of the skin or eyes – should go to the emergency department immediately

‘Thousands of people a year are told that it is too late that nothing can be done for them. It is crucial that people are diagnosed as early as possible to give them the best chance of receiving life-saving treatment. ‘

Mrs Cally Palmer, the NHS’s national cancer director, said the NHS was ‘open and ready’ to treat people.

“Cancer referrals and diagnosis are back to pre-pandemic levels, so don’t wait and come forward to get yourself checked,” she added.

WHAT IS BUDGET SCREEN CANCER?

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly forms of the disease, and about 95 percent of the people who get it die from it.

Joan Crawford, Patrick Swayze and Luciano Pavarotti all died of pancreatic cancer.

It is the sixth most common cause of cancer death in the UK – around 10,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year in the UK, along with around 55,000 in the US.

WHAT IS THE REASON?

It is caused by abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells in the pancreas – a large gland in the digestive system.

WHO HAS THE HIGHEST RISK?

Most cases (90 percent) are in people over 55 years of age.

About half of all new cases occur in people aged 75 or older.

One in 10 cases is attributed to genetics.

Other possible causes include age, smoking and other health conditions, including diabetes.

WHY IS IT SO BAPTISM?

There is no screening method for pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer typically does not show symptoms in the early stages where it would be more manageable.

Patients tend to begin to develop the revealing signs – jaundice and abdominal pain – around stage 3 or 4, when it has probably already spread to other organs.

WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS?

The only effective treatment is removal of the pancreas.

This proves largely ineffective for those whose cancer has spread to other organs.

In these cases, palliative treatment is advised to relieve their pain at the end of their life.

Half of those with the disease die within three months of diagnosis, Pancreatic Cancer UK said.

More than 10,000 people are diagnosed with the disease in the UK each year.

But early detection gives people better chances of survival, so the charity encourages the public to seek care if they have symptoms.

Experts say they are ‘extremely concerned’ about the results of the study and encourage people to find out more about the disease.

Doctors who suspect pancreatic cancer may refer patients for an ultrasound, CT or MRI scan.

However, almost half of all pancreatic cancer patients are currently diagnosed via an emergency, such as a visit to the emergency department.

The effect can be significant – one-year survival rates for patients diagnosed through a referral from the doctor are three times higher.

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