by Carson-DeWitt R

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 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.


Pancreatic cancer. American Cancer Society website. Available at: Accessed October 5, 2015.
Pancreatic cancer. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Updated February 23, 2015. Accessed October 5, 2015.
Pancreatic cancer. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: Updated July 2014. Accessed October 5, 2015.

Revision Information

Health Library Search

Only show results from the selected categories.

15 Pancreatic Cancer condition

Pancreatic cancer is the growth of cancer cells in the pancreas. The pancreas is a long, flattened pear-shaped organ in the abdomen. It makes digestive enzymes and hormon...

Zollinger-Ellison syndrome is a rare disorder that arises from tumors and causes ulcers in the digestive system. One or more tumors form in the pancreas or duodenum (the ...

Islet cells are the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. Pancreatic islet cell transplantation is the transfer of islet cells from a donor to another person. The proc...