Pancreatic Cancer: Screening -- Adults, Asymptomatic


General

Grade: D

Specific Recommendations

The USPSTF recommends against routine screening for pancreatic cancer in asymptomatic adults using abdominal palpation, ultrasonography, or serologic markers.

Frequency of Service

No information available.

Risk Factor Information

No information available.


Clinical

  • Due to the poor prognosis of those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, there is an interest in primary prevention. The evidence for diet-based prevention of pancreatic cancer is limited and conflicting. Some experts recommend lifestyle changes that may help to prevent pancreatic cancer, such as stopping the use of tobacco products, moderating alcohol intake, and eating a balanced diet with sufficient fruit and vegetables.

  • Persons with hereditary pancreatitis may have a higher lifetime risk for developing pancreatic cancer. However, the USPSTF did not review the effectiveness of screening these patients.

Rationale

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Others

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