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Screening for Pancreatic Cancer

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 standard tests or current guidelines for pancreatic cancer screening. However, if you have any risk factors for pancreatic cancer, your doctor will want to discuss them with you. Those with higher than average risk include long-term smokers, or those with diabetes or a family history of pancreatic cancer. If you are in a high risk group, the doctor may choose to examine the pancreas and surrounding organs as a precaution. An endoscopic ultrasound can be used to examine the pancreas and surrounding structures for any abnormalities.

Talk to your doctor about your pancreatic cancer risk and any tests you may need.

Revision Information

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