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Symptoms of pancreatic may not show up right away. And when they do, they can look like other digestive problems. The most common signs of pancreatic cancer are:

  • pain

  • weight loss

  • yellowing of the skin (jaundice)

  • itching

  • brown urine

  • very light colored bowel movements

  • nausea

  • vomiting

  • loss of appetite

  • nagging back pain

Other warning signs of trouble in the pancreas include sudden diabetes or trouble in controlling blood sugar.

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