The diagnosis of acute pancreatitis is often reasonably straightforward. The doctor will talk to you, examine you and take some blood tests. Learn more about a pancreatitis diagnosis here.
Most cases of pancreatic cancer occur in people over the age of 50. Find out why the stage at which the cancer is diagnosed is so important.
Acute pancreatitis appears as sudden, severe upper abdominal pain, often spreading through to the back. Learn more about this condition and its symptoms here.
The symptoms of acute pancreatitis can be similar to symptoms of other medical emergencies such as heart attack. If you or someone in your care has these symptoms, please seek immediate medical attention.
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There are a range of treatments which may be recommended, depending on the cause of the pancreatitis and the person’s condition. Read about them here.
What causes pancreatitis?
Pancreatitis is caused when something going wrong and the enzymes start digesting the pancreas, rather than the food in the gut. Learn more about the condition here.
What causes pancreatic cancer?
Find out if your risk of developing pancreatic cancer is higher than average, based on age, diet, lifestyle and previous medical history.
Pancreatic cancer symptoms
Pancreatic cancer can be present without causing any symptoms at all. Symptoms might not appear until the cancer affects other organs.
Pancreatic cancer diagnosis
Your doctor may use a range of tests and techniques to indicate the likelihood of pancreatic cancer but to get a definite diagnosis, a biopsy is required.