5-Loss of Appetite
Appetite loss is often a sign of an underlying health condition, like pancreatic cancer. It can signal health woes ranging from a stomach virus to a growing tumor in one of your organs. Whatever the cause, it’s wise to bring this to your doctor’s immediate attention for an accurate diagnosis. Common causes of appetite loss include an underactive thyroid gland, kidney damage, liver damage, or hepatitis. Pregnant women may also experience appetite loss in the first trimester of pregnancy, and it can occur before the woman realizes she is pregnant.
Pancreatic cancer is actually one of the rarer causes of appetite loss, so you shouldn’t panic if it is the only symptom you’re experiencing. However, if your diminished appetite persists, and particularly if it causes significant weight loss, it’s important to find out what’s causing it so you can treat it. Rapid weight loss can carry significant health risks even if cancer isn’t the root cause.
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