The exact cause of pancreatic cancer is unknown. It is more common in: People with diabetes, People with long-term inflammation of the pancreas, Smokers. Pancreatic cancer is slightly more common in women than in men. The risk increases with age.
A tumor or cancer in the pancreas may grow without any symptoms at first. This means pancreatic cancer is often advanced when it is first found. Early symptoms of pancreatic cancer include: Dark urine and clay-colored stools, Fatigue and weakness, Jaundice, Loss of appetite and weight loss, Nausea and vomiting, Pain or discomfort in the upper part of the belly or abdomen.