Cancer Keys: Pancreatic Cancer and New-Onset Diabetes

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Potential pitfall:

In the early course of the disease, pancreatic cancer may not cause any signs or symptoms. However, sudden onset diabetes in groups of patients for whom this would be unexpected can be an early indicator.

Helpful hint:

NICE NG12 guidelines recommend considering 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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