Screening is a way to evaluate people without symptoms to determine if they are at risk for cancer or have already developed cancer.
There are no official screening guidelines for pancreatic cancer. Testing is only recommended for people who are experiencing symptoms suggestive of pancreatic cancer. People who smoke , however, should be advised to stop and informed of their greatly increased risk of pancreatic cancer and other serious disease. For patients with hereditary pancreatitis , it is recommended that screening starts at age 35 . In those who have a family history of pancreatic cancer, screening may have to start at age 10.
- Reviewer: Igor Puzanov, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 00/92/2012 -