New-onset diabetes and pancreatic cancer

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...
Rectal bleeding

Rectal bleeding

7th May 2021 Potential pitfall: Rectal bleeding is a key symptom of colorectal cancer, but there are also a number of other benign causes. Tumours often bleed intermittently, so careful history taking is vital if other concerning symptoms are present. Helpful hint:...
Brain tumours and headaches

Brain tumours and headaches

24th February 2021 Whilst many people may associate brain tumours with headaches, often affected patients do not present with a headache until a later stage, if at all. Potential pitfall: Only up to 16% of brain tumour patients present to their GP with an isolated...
Cancer Keys: RUQ Pain in Pancreatic Cancer

Cancer Keys: RUQ Pain in Pancreatic Cancer

2nd January 2020 Pancreatic cancer diagnoses can be missed due to the non-site specific nature of some early symptoms. However, according to CRUK, up to 70% of patients with pancreatic cancer initially visit the doctor with upper abdominal or back pain. Potential...