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First, there are 5 'life style' predispositions to pancreatic cancer. One is long term diabetes (others include smoking, drinking alcohol, being overweight and having poor dental health, especially gum disease)
Second, rapid onset diabetes for people over 50 is a possible indication of pancreatic cancer.
Third, having diabetes under control and then it rapidly going out of control is a strong signal of pancreatic cancer.
I had the 2nd and 3rd and my diabetes staff apologized to me to not recognizing the signals at the time. In fact, she said that she had just give a talk on the subject.
A good book that outlines these was put out by PanCan and is titled 'An Overview of Pancreatic Cancer'. I received permission from PanCan to digitize the book and will send you a copy via your email. If anyone else would like a copy, let me know.
The above, however, should not be interpreted as the only types of symptoms that a person with pancreatic cancer would show. For example, I just met someone who had pancreatic cancer and had none of these symptoms. His tumor was surgically removed (by the same surgeon who I have) and he has been cancer free for 2 years.
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