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Screening for Pancreatic Cancer

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The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are administered to people who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions, but do not have any symptoms.

Screening Guidelines

There are no current screening guidelines for pancreatic cancer. However, if you have any risk factors for pancreatic cancer, your doctor will want to discuss them with you to help reduce your risk. In certain cases, your doctor may check for the possibility of cancer in the pancreas. Those with higher than average risk of pancreatic cancer include:

  • Smokers
  • Heavy drinkers
  • People who have a history of occupational exposures
  • Those with a family history of pancreatic, colon, or ovarian cancers
  • Those who have a genetic disorders that increase pancreatic cancer risk—talk to your doctor about genetic testing to assess risk

Possible tests for those with high risk include endoscopic ultrasound. Talk to your doctor about your pancreatic cancer risk and any tests you may need.



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