Screening and Prevention

152948705No standardized screening tests have been shown to improve pancreatic cancer outcomes. If you are at high risk for pancreatic cancer, speak to your doctor about whether testing might be right for you. This might include:

  • Endoscopic ultrasound: An endoscope with an ultrasound probe on the end is inserted through the mouth into the pancreas
  • CT or CAT (computed axial tomography) scans to look for abnormalities.

There are no established guidelines for preventing pancreatic cancer. For now, the best approach is to avoid pancreatic cancer risk factors whenever possible.

Cigarette smoking is the most important avoidable risk factor for pancreatic cancer. It is responsible for 20% to 30% of pancreatic cancers. Maintaining a healthy weight, eating well, and exercising is also important (eg. choosing foods and beverages in amounts that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight). Eat a healthy diet, with an emphasis on plant foods.