Although blood clots and pancreatic cancer may seem like unrelated conditions, the American Cancer Society says that a blood clot—especially one in the leg, called deep vein thrombosis (DVT)—is sometimes “the first clue that someone has pancreatic cancer.” Symptoms of DVT often include redness, swelling, tenderness, and warmth in the affected leg.
In some cases, the blood clot (or a piece of it) may detach from the leg and travel to the lungs. This is known as a pulmonary embolism and can result in symptoms like chest pain and shortness of breath. If you experience any of these symptoms, be sure to make an appointment with your physician to determine if the cause is pancreatic cancer or other factors.
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