Cancer Keys: New-onset diabetes and pancreatic cancer

18th November 2021

Potential pitfall:

Diabetes, especially Type 2, is common among the general population. However, unexplained new-onset diabetes should be investigated as a possible indicator of pancreatic cancer. It is also important to ask patients about other symptoms of pancreatic cancer such as steatorrhea, back pain and weight loss.

Helpful hint:

NICE NG12 guidelines recommend an urgent direct access CT scan (to be performed within 2 weeks), or an urgent ultrasound scan if CT is not available, to assess for pancreatic cancer in people aged 60 and over with weight loss and new-onset diabetes.

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