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Pancreatic cancer occurs within the tissues of the pancreas, a vital endocrine organ located behind the stomach. The pancreas plays an essential role in digestion by producing enzymes that the body needs to digest fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. Some of the symptoms of pancreatic cancer are quite difficult to spot and might escape your attention. Many of the symptoms are similar to those of other conditions. Get to know the essential pancreatic cancer symptoms, and contact your doctor if you think you might be at risk.

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1. Abdominal Pain

The most commonly occurring sign of pancreatic cancer is a pain in the abdomen. About 70 percent of pancreatic cancer patients experience this symptom at some level. When the cancer affects the nerves and other organs near the pancreas, it causes discomfort, ranging from mild cramps to severe pain. You may notice that the pain is worse whenever you sit or lie down. In the early stages, the discomfort can come and go throughout the day. However, as the disease progresses, it becomes more constant and increases in severity.

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