Pancreatic cancer patients can be prone to skin issues due to the blockage of liver bile ducts, which causes jaundice. However, pancreatic tumors can also cause dermatitis or persistently dry, flaky and itchy skin. Dermatitis can present in numerous ways, but it usually appears as dry, dehydrated patches of flaky skin that aren’t effectively relieved by the application of topical treatments. Doctors frequently misidentify this symptom as a non-severe dermatological problem or resulting from a poor diet or excess stress.
The type of dermatitis associated with pancreatic cancer is known as eczematous dermatitis. One of the definitive characteristics of this condition is that it will not respond to treatments known to improve normal cases of eczema or dermatitis. In fact, dermatitis can be one of the earliest physical symptoms of pancreatic cancer, though it is often not linked to a malignancy until much later on in the diagnostic process.
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