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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christian Schultheis
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
A lot of causes: Smoking, diabetes, BRCA (breast cancer) gene mutations, family history. These are a few. Hope this helps.

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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Probably viral: Pancreatic Ca is a lethal disease of probable viral origin. The tumor begins 15-20 yrs before a clinical lesion can be defined. It appears in the he ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Probable viral: Pancreas cancer starts out as an intraductal lesion similar to breast DTIC (dacarbazine). It smolders within the ductal system for 15-20 yrs before f ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
So do we: Pancreatic cancer seems to be a spontaneous event and because it is internal with no early symptoms, is rarely detected until it has spread beyond mea ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Valente
33 years experience General Surgery
Doubt its cancer: Floating stool without much color usually indicates poor absorption of fat from your diet. A poorly functioning gallbladder, pancreas or small intest ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
19 years experience Radiation Oncology
Don't really know: We really don't know the cause. Depending on the location of pancrease (pancrelipase) involved symptoms can be different. Usually silent till it is di ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Yup...: Commonly yellow skin; +/- belly pain; weight loss; new onset diabetes and depression. Pancreas tail makes hormones: insulin, gastrin, glucagon - these ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
32 years experience General Surgery
Unsure of question!: Do YOU have pancreas cancer? That is very rare in someone in their 30s. No one knows what causes pancreas cancer. Symptoms are usually upper mid-ab ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Rubin
47 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Pancreatic cancer: Pancreatic cancer (p) is due to dna mutations, and there are three ways that we can damage our dna. We can be born with a dna mutation inherited from ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience Endocrinology
Pancreatic cancer: 21 M from LA. Asks: Can pancreatic cancer cause only mild symptoms? How can I know if I have it? ANS: Time will tell. Dr. humor here. All diseases go ... Read More

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