LETTER: Know symptoms of pancreatic cancer

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Tragically, only around five per cent of people with pancreatic cancer in England live for five years or more after diagnosis, and over 7,000 people in England die of the disease every year.

November 13 was World Pancreatic Cancer Day so I would like to invite your readers to know the symptoms of pancreatic cancer and help us spread the word about this dreadful disease, because in England as across the rest of the world, we simply don’t know enough about it.

Yet if more people were aware of the potential symptoms, which include tummy pain, itchy skin or eyes or yellow skin, unexplained weight loss and oily floating poo, more people could be diagnosed earlier. And we know that the earlier people are diagnosed, the longer they are likely to live. Your readers can find more vital information at www.worldpancreaticcancerday.org.

Dianne Dobson, Pancreatic Cancer UK Nurse Specialist

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