Are There Screening Tests Available for Pancreatic Cancer?

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Currently we have no screening tests available to the general population. But sophisticated screening services are available to individuals who are at risk for developing pancreatic cancer. Doctors may recommend one or a combination of the following imaging tests:
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), a minimally invasive imaging test that uses an endoscope (thin, flexible tube) to evaluate the pancreas for lesions or early cancers. If suspicious lesions are found, doctors will obtain tissue biopsies during the same procedure and furthur decide whether it's cancer or not.
  • Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP), a type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test that focuses on the pancreas and bile duct.
Keywords: pancreatic cancer screening.