18th November 2021
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.
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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