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Decision Aid for Pancreatic Cancer Risk Assessment

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about pancreatic cancer risk assessment?

Assessment means figuring out your risk factors for pancreatic cancer. A risk factor is anything that makes it more likely you will develop pancreatic cancer. You can have certain risk factors but not develop pancreatic cancer. You can also have no risk factors but still develop pancreatic cancer. If your risk is high, you may be able to take steps to lower your risk. Your healthcare provider may send you to a pancreatic cancer specialist such as an oncologist, genetics specialist, or gastroenterologist. These providers can help you make an informed decision.

What do I need to know about pancreatic cancer?

What increases my risk for pancreatic cancer?

Some risk factors are known to increase the risk for pancreatic cancer. Other factors are believed to increase the risk, but it is not known for sure if there is a connection.

Am I a good candidate for pancreatic cancer risk assessment?

Risk assessment may be helpful for you if:

How is the assessment done?

What are the benefits and risks of assessment?

Talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits:

What happens after I have the assessment?

You will meet with your healthcare provider to go over the results. Your provider may recommend genetic counseling and testing to help you know and understand your risk. He or she may also recommend other tests or refer you to specialists.

What can I do to lower my risk for pancreatic cancer?

If your risk is high, your healthcare provider can help you create a specific plan to lower your risk. The following are general lifestyle changes anyone can make:

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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