Screening for Pancreatic Cancer
05 Nov 2015 by The Rio Grande Cancer Foundation
Cancer screening exams are important
medical tests done when you’re at risk but don’t have symptoms. They help find
cancer at its earliest stage, when the chances for successful treatment are
Who should be screened for pancreatic cancer?
Thanks to advances in genetics and improved diagnostic tools, physicians can now offer sophisticated screening services to individuals who are at risk for developing pancreatic cancer. Screening is important for these patients because pancreatic cancer often does not produce symptoms until it has reached an advanced stage, when the cancer is difficult to treat. Through close monitoring, doctors can identify early signs of cancer -- and more lives will be saved through effective care when the cancer is at a "treatable" stage.
Not everyone should be screened for pancreatic cancer. Screening makes sense for people who are at risk for the disease, typically due to new abnormalities detected on an imaging study (e.g. cyst on a CT scan), hereditary factors or genetic syndromes that increase the likelihood of developing pancreatic cancer. The list below can help you determine if you and your family may benefit from an evaluation.