ALMOST a third of people are ignoring deadly signs of cancer.
There are four symptoms of pancreatic cancer that shouldn't be dismissed, Pancreatic Cancer UK has warned.
If you have been suffering with back pain, indigestion, stomach pain and weight loss for more than four weeks, you must go to your GP.
And the charity says anyone who has got jaundice, which is the yellowing of skin or eyes, should go to A&E straight away.
A "worrying" poll revealed 28 per cent of people wait three months before seeking help after noticing new symptoms.
The survey of 2,000 adults, by Savanta ComRes on behalf of the charity, also found that 31 per cent would delay seeking help for longer than usual due to the pandemic.
Diana Jupp, CEO of Pancreatic Cancer UK, said: “It is hugely worrying to hear that so many people would put off seeking help for so long. Pancreatic cancer has not gone away because of Covid-19 and I would urge anyone with persistent, unexplained symptoms to use the NHS.
“There is no time to wait with pancreatic cancer. Thousands of people a year, still reeling from hearing the word cancer, are told it’s too late, that nothing can be done for them. That must stop.
“We do not want people to panic if they have some or all of these symptoms, because most people who do will not have pancreatic cancer.
"But it is absolutely vital that people learn more about this disease, talk to their loved ones, and help us end the culture of silence around the deadliest common cancer in the UK.”
The cancer has the lowest survival rate of any common cancer in the UK.
The charity says more than half of people with the disease die within three months of diagnosis .
Pancreatic cancer is the eleventh most common type of cancer in the UK and the sixth highest cause of cancer death.
The disease affects a large gland that is part of the digestive system.
The pancreas is an elongated gland located behind the stomach and under the liver.
It has two main functions: dripping digestive enzymes into the gut to help break down food, and releasing the hormones insulin and glucagon to regulate blood sugar.
Pancreatic cancer occurs when malignant – cancerous – cells form in the tissues of the pancreas.
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