10 signs of pancreatic cancer you should never, ever ignore

(Charlotte Hilton Andersen/ Women’s Health) — Your pancreas is one of those organs you probably don’t think about much. Just six inches long and tucked away behind your stomach, its main job is to help you digest your food and control your blood sugar.

Normally it does its work seamlessly, behind the scenes. But when things go wrong, it can affect your entire body.

Just under 2 percent of people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in their lifetimes, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). It’s most common in people over age 60, but has been found in people as young as their twenties and thirties.

And here’s the scariest part of pancreatic cancer: It has one of the highest death rates of any cancer—a mere 8 percent of people are alive five years after diagnosis, according the NCI. (…)

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