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Thoughts was posted 12/11/2017 12:35 pm by Anonymous
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Did you do this genetic testing on your own, or with the guidance of a doctor?

You could make an appointment with the geneticist who works in the Can ER Center at your local major medical center. They will but the result into perspective.

You can tell your PCP. They need to do a breast exam on you yearly, as even men can get breast cancer.

Your PCP can check your liver function tests yearly, looking for signs of obstruction of the bile ducts. This can be a sign of PC in some folks, but is due to something else in most cases. You can also have your PCP check the cancer markers CA19-9 and CEA yearly. If any of the blood tests are abnormal, you can follow-up with imaging.

Pancreas specific lab tests are rarely elevated in PC.

You should not smoke, drink alcohol modestly if at all, and watch your diet. Avoiding diabetes is a good Hong to reduce your PC risk and for General Healh. If you do develop diabetes or pre-diabetes, you should have imaging of your pancreas done and be played on metformin.

But remember - your risk of this is still very low. Try to keep it in perspective. Having good blood pressure control and normal age appropriate cancer screening (colonoscopy, prostate exam) are likely even more important.

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