10 Warning Signs to Diagnose Pancreatic Cancer Before It’s Too Late

8.Pancreatic Cancer: Urine color Seemingly to the changes in your stool, changes in your urine also represent different status of your health. From very healthy to… Luna - October 9, 2017

8.Pancreatic Cancer: Urine color

Seemingly to the changes in your stool, changes in your urine also represent different status of your health. From very healthy to sick, urine will have a range of colours which can then be translated into diagnoses. Even if you drink plenty of liquids, your urine may still look dark and slightly orange or brown if you do have pancreatic cancer.

The reason behind it has to do with the buildup of bile. A growing pancreatic cancer can cause the incorrect blockage of bile, which will then not be released in its regular way. As bile needs to be released somehow, it will do so through your urine. Thus resulting in a very dark urine. Additionally, also blood traces will be found in your urine and result in proteins appearing in test results. This will also make your urine darker than usual.

If your diet has been the same, and you have not made any special changes. If you keep drinking enough fluids every day (1.5-2 litres). But you still get dark urine, you will need to get tested. In order to do so, please get an appointment at your doctor’s. You will then be tested not only for urine but also blood and most likely pancreatic cancer screenings will also be done.

Additional Information:

If you get proteins in your urine, it will indicate blood traces have been found. Being a woman,  if you are having your period or just had it, please state that when giving urine samples as your period’s blood could affect the results and will need to be repeated on a later date. If you have any sort of infection or inflammation you will also have to advise your doctor’s team about it so it does not affect the results in terms of false diagnosis.

9.Pancreatic Cancer: Fatigue and weakness

If you do have pancreatic cancer, you will definitely feel a general sensation of weakness and fatigue. It will not wear off and you will feel like you need to rest or sleep most of the time. This will happen without you changing your diet or exercise. This is due to several causes explained before. One of the main ones if the lack of appetite, resulting in less food being eaten and thus absorbed. This will produce anemia which has symptoms such as extreme fatigue and weakness.

Your lack of appetite is directly related to the pancreatic cancer growing in size within your abdominal cavity. Your weakness is also directly related to its size. Moreover, you may also lack some proper sleep because of the abdominal and lower back pain you may be experiencing due to the pancreatic cancer.

Constant and ongoing fatigue or weakness is a symptom of something going sideways in your body. Either pancreatic cancer or something else, you need to get it checked. Make sure to write down everything you do from daily food, exercise, stress related symptoms, and any other things you may notice. Take the notepad with you to the doctor so everything can be taken into consideration when testing you.

Weakness and fatigue is not only a symptom of pancreatic cancer but also of many other types of cancer. As well as other not so serious illnesses. But it is important that you take it seriously and do not let it go unnoticed by your physician. If you feel low in energy and have not changed your routines at all, get an appointment at your doctor’s of choice and request tests done to you. Include a note for pancreatic cancer screenings if you believe you have the symptoms for it.

10.Pancreatic Cancer: Bloating

As we already mentioned in the previous symptoms, pancreatic cancer does and will affect the organs of your digestive system. By taking space in your abdominal cavity, pancreatic cancer will put pressure on the organs around it. Your stomach and small intestines will most likely feel the biggest pressure of them all.

The presence of pancreatic cancer will cause different gastrointestinal symptoms. Some of them were listed before, but new ones are bloating, inflammation of the abdomen, and gases. The first (bloating) and the last (gases) will develop after your meals. They can also be accompanied by indigestion or heartburn. As well as nausea or vomiting. The reason behind this has to do with the inappropriate functioning of your stomach after being blocked by the pancreatic cancer itself.

If you notice that bloating is getting worse, or if you never had it before to begin with, talk to your doctor. Take with you a diary of what you have eaten in the last few days, any drinks, exercise, or medicines that you are taking. Your doctor will most likely take some bloods from you to test out. If other diseases have been ruled out from it, you may then be taken through a pancreatic cancer screening.

Pancreatic cancer is a big killer in the US, so it is extremely important to catch it on time. If you believe that you, a relative or a friend may suffer from pancreatic cancer, do make sure to contact a doctor for further tests and information about it. Early prevention and treatment are key for a longer life and survival.