It's World Pancreatic Cancer Day today and I’m writing to highlight the importance of learning the symptoms of this devastating disease.

Worryingly, our new survey tells us that nearly a third of people in the UK would wait three months or more to seek help from their GP if they had potential symptoms of pancreatic cancer.

That’s at least three times longer than recommended. The findings also show that the pandemic is actively deterring people from contacting their doctor, with 31% saying they would delay seeking help for longer than usual.

Pancreatic cancer symptoms - which can include tummy and back pain, indigestion. unexplained weight loss and oily floating poo - are common to less serious health conditions and, tragically many people are diagnosed too late for lifesaving treatment.

I would urge anyone who experiences some, or all, of these symptoms persistently for more than four weeks to contact their GP.

Early diagnosis is vital to give people the very best chance of survival. Pancreatic Cancer UK have made a short video explaining the symptoms we all need to look out for. Please watch and share it with your loved ones.

It could help someone be diagnosed in time for lifesaving treatment.

Our Specialist nurses are here to provide support and information to anyone affected by pancreatic cancer on our confidential support line on (Freecall: 0808 801 0707).

Dianne Dobson

Pancreatic Cancer UK Specialist Nurse