If you have another condition like irritable bowel syndrome you may get symptoms like these regularly.
You might find you get used to them. But it's important to be checked by a GP if your symptoms change, get worse, or do not feel normal for you.
See a GP if you have:
- lost a noticeable amount of weight over the last 6 to 12 months without trying
- other symptoms of pancreatic cancer that get worse or do not get better after 2 weeks
- a condition that causes symptoms with your digestion that are not getting better after 2 weeks of using your usual treatments
Many of these symptoms are very common and can be caused by many different conditions.
Having them does not definitely mean you have pancreatic cancer. But it's important to get them checked by a GP.
This is because if they're caused by cancer, finding it early makes it more treatable.
Get advice from 111 now if:
- the whites of your eyes or your skin turn yellow
- you're being sick for more than 2 days
- you have diarrhoea for more than 7 days
- you have symptoms that you are worried about, but are not sure where to get help
111 will tell you what to do. They can arrange a phone call from a nurse or doctor if you need one.
What happens at the GP appointment
The GP may feel your tummy.
They may ask you to give a pee sample or have a blood test.
The GP may refer you to see a specialist in hospital for more tests if they think you have a condition that needs to be investigated.
This may be an urgent referral, usually within 2 weeks, if you have certain symptoms. This does not definitely mean you have cancer.