Anyone can get pancreatic cancer, it is not always clear what can cause it but studies show you are more likely to get it if you are older, it is not very common in people under 40 but is more common in people over the age of 75, also If you have a history of certain medical conditions such as long-term chronic pancreatitis or there is a history of pancreatic cancer in your family you could find yourself at more risk.
You can reduce your chances of getting pancreatic cancer by trying to lose weight if you are overweight, cut down on the amount of processed and red meat you eat, cut down on alcohol (you should try and avoid drinking more than fourteen units per week) and quit smoking or at the very least cut-down.
The main symptoms to look out for in pancreatic cancer is your skin taking a yellow tinge, (jaundice) an elevated temperature or feeling extremely hot or shivery, loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss, feeling tired, or having no energy.
Of course, if you are suffering from any or all of the above symptoms, it does not necessarily mean you have pancreatic cancer it could be many other things, but it is best to get it checked out as soon as possible.
Here at Ultrasound Care, we can offer an abdominal scan, where we can identify any problems in several of the major organs including the pancreas, spleen, liver, gallbladder, bladder, and appendix.
The abdominal scan will use sound waves to produce images of blood flow and structures of the abdomen, the ultrasound images which are produced can help in examining organs, blood vessels, and other structures in the abdomen area.
The procedure itself is not painful, the transducer that is used may slightly press on the abdomen but that is all. The overall procedure will only take 30-45 minutes, a full report will be compiled for you to take to your GP so that it can then be followed upon.
If you are worried about any of the above symptoms and would like to book in with us, we can normally get you seen by one of our expert sonographers within a few days so we can hopefully put your mind at rest. The cost of an abdominal scan is only £89 so contact us to book in for yours