It is common for pancreatic cancer, particularly in more advanced stages, to delay insulin production. After all, insulin is produced by the pancreas. However, if a tumor has developed, insulin production can become inefficient, causing diabetes and associated symptoms—such as fatigue, urinary urgency, numb fingers and toes, and vision problems. For these reasons, recent, rapid and otherwise unexplained onset of diabetes may lead your doctor to suspect that you might also have pancreatic cancer.
People with known and controlled cases of diabetes are known to be at elevated risk of developing pancreatic cancer, especially in cases of Type 2 diabetes that are 10 years old or older. People who fall into this category are 1.5 times more likely than non-diabetics to develop pancreatic cancer. Obesity also increases your risk for both diabetes and pancreatic cancer.
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