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Early screening was posted 12/02/2017 02:01 pm by Anon
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There are no early screening tests available at this time to my knowledge. There have been some in the works for a while, but nothing has been released for general use. I don't know exactly what a 1% chance of developing pancreatic cancer by age 80 means for you. Pancreactic cancer can run in families, the most obvious coming to mind is the Carter family, but it is not entirely predictive. I was 50, in good health with none of the risk factors, plus no history of cancer in my family. But... I developed pancreatic cancer. Lucky to be caught early stage, strickly because of the location of the tumor causing obstruction which resulted in unexplained jaundice. I had surgery 15 years ago and because of the early stage it was caught, I'm still around and have good quality of life. If I had any advice to share, it would be this: Live you life and try not to worry about something you have little to no control over. If you smoke, for lots of reasons, try stopping. Smoking is one risk factor that is directly associated with pancreatic cancer. Otherwise, if you have regular yearly checkups, these usually include complete blood panels. Any out of range issues related to the pancreas will catch the eye of your doctor and they will attempt to find the source. Which can be but is not usually related to pancreatic cancer. So, does 1% risk mean you have a 99% positive chance of living the rest of your life free of pancreatic cancer? I don't know, but that is how I would suggest you think about it. So, seek peace and happiness. I hope you find them both.

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