Cancer Keys: Salty Foods and Stomach Cancer Risk

Cancer Keys: Salty Foods and Stomach Cancer Risk

Latest articles:Eating too many foods that are high in salt such as salted meat, brined fish and pickled vegetables can increase the risk of stomach cancer. Higher rates of stomach cancer are found in countries like Japan and Korea, than in the UK, where these foods...

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GatewayC’s Top Tips from 2019

GatewayC’s Top Tips from 2019

Latest articles:Monday 30th December 2019 With 2019 drawing to a close, we've rounded up some of the most popular tips from GatewayC this year, based on our users' comments and feedback. Take a look below!   Chest x-rays aren’t as accurate as you may think......

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Cancer Keys: RUQ Pain in Pancreatic Cancer

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 Pitfall

Pain often presents in the right upper quadrant (RUQ pain). It can begin as general discomfort, such as pressure under the ribs or pain in the abdomen radiating to the back, similar to a pulled muscle or stomach cramps. Patients may note that sitting forward can sometimes relieve the pain but can worsen when lying down or after eating, especially with fatty foods.

Helpful hint

In line with NICE guidelines, the presentation of back or abdominal pain in people aged 60 and over combined with weight loss should be considered for an urgent direct access CT scan to assess for pancreatic cancer (to be performed within 2 weeks), or an urgent ultrasound scan if CT is not available.

 

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