“Jaundice is one of the clearest symptoms of pancreatic cancer,” says gastroenterologist Dr Christopher J. DiMaio. “Often, patients feel fine until one day a friend notices their eyes look yellow, then they go to the doctor and find they have advanced pancreatic cancer.” Cancers that start near the head of the pancreas can block the bile duct, preventing bile from reaching the intestines, where it helps break down fats and eventually leaves the body in the stool. This bile builds up and causes jaundice, which is yellowing of the skin or eyes, he explains.
8 pancreatic cancer symptoms you’ve probably been ignoring
Symptoms of pancreatic cancer often aren’t obvious, but if you notice any of these signs, talk to your doctor.
Your skin looks yellow