Cancer

  1. People urged to be alert to signs of pancreatic cancer

    BBC Radio Leeds

    A woman from West Yorkshire who is living with pancreatic cancer is urging people to get checked as soon possible if they develop symptoms.

    Karen Stead

    Today is World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day.

    Karen Stead from Outwood near Wakefield was diagnosed in 2010 and says said she wants others to be aware how important a quick diagnosis is.

    Ms Stead told BBC Radio Leeds: "Pancreatic cancer is one of the hardest to treat. Over half of those diagnosed with it die within 12 weeks and as hard as it seems that is a fact.

    "Only 1% of those diagnosed will make it to 10 years."

    Ms Stead added: "The main symptoms are abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, indigestion, jaundice, change in bowel habits - and a lot of people start with diabetes in a later stage in life, and that should be an alarm bell."

    To mark the charity awareness campaign buildings in Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield will be lit-up in purple.

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