Weigh Liao, a scientist at the University of Oxford who participated in the study pointed out that the possibility that a cancer is detected early helps to treat it in time. “It is possible to diagnose patients when they see their GP, but both these patients and these doctors need to be attentive to the symptoms associated with this cancer,” he said.

These symptoms could appear up to a year before diagnosis. Others known so far are: yellowing of the skin, bleeding in the stomach or intestines, swallowing problems, diarrhea, change in bowel habits, vomiting, indigestion, abdominal mass, abdominal pain, weight loss, constipation, fat in the stool, abdominal bloating, nausea, flatulence, heartburn, fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, itching and pain in the back.

“This research can help GPs and their patients learn more about the signs of pancreatic cancer. It’s very important that people talk to their GP if they notice these symptoms, ”said Pippa Corrie, Pippa Corrie, Chair of Pancreas Workflow for the Upper Gastrointestinal System Group!