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.
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:
SmokersHeavy drinkersPeople who have a history of occupational exposuresThose with a family history of pancreatic, colon, or ovarian cancersThose 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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Last reviewed September 2015 by Mohei Abouzied, MD
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