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'Chronic lack of awareness' of symptoms of pancreatic cancer

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A charity has warned people in Wales need to be more aware of the signs of pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic Cancer UK say there is still a 'chronic lack of awareness' of the signs and symptoms of the disease.

It found 8% of people in Wales have no awareness of the signs and symptoms.

Latest figures from 2016 show there were 508 incidences in Wales with 451 people dying.

The charity predict it will become the 4th biggest cancer killer in the UK within the next five years.

508
Incidences of pancreatic cancer in Wales
451
Number of people in Wales who died from pancreatic cancer

In a recent survey the UK was ranked one of the lowest for 5-year survival rates for pancreatic cancer. While survival rates for other types of cancer have improved, survival rates for pancreatic cancer have remained unchanged for the last 50 years.

Symptoms to look for include:

  • Pain in the back or stomach which may come and go at first and is often worse when lying down or after eating.
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
  • Dark yellow/orange urine, pale coloured faeces and itchy skin.