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A 42-year-old male asked:

Do i have pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See below: What makes you think that you have either? I addressed your concern about pancreatic cancer. Please visit a doctor for reassurance, since you do not seem to have any symptoms. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How can I distinguish between pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Difficult: Even with invasive testing, this can be a very difficult distinction. EUS (endoscopic ultrasound) with biopsy, ERCP with brushings, and scans like MRI or CT tend to be the most reliable ways to tell pancreatic cancer apart from pancreatitis. Even biopsy samples can at times be difficult to tell the 2 apart underneath the microscope. In terms of symptoms, essentially all the symptoms overlap.
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A 23-year-old female asked:

Is there a noticeable difference between pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Riley Alexander
Pathology 11 years experience
In pain?: Your question isn't quite clear. Obviously there's a huge difference in that pancreatic cancer is cancer and pancreatitis is an inflammatory process of the pancreas (usually caused by alcohol or gallstones). However, pancreatic cancer can cause pancreatitis as well. Pancreatitis can be very serious though--you should seek evaluation for your presumed abdominal pain.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can chronic pancreatitis cause pancreatic cancer?

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Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 31 years experience
Possibly: Chronic pancreatitis has been an associated factor with development of pancreatic cancer.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Does chronic pancreatitis lead to pancreatic cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Usually not: Chronic pancreatitis by itself is a serious illness with a 50% mortality rate over 20-25 years. People with garden variety chronic pancreatitis do not have an appreciable increase in incidence of pancreatic cancer; however, the small number of people with hereditary pancreatitis have a 40% life time risk of cancer of pancreas.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Does acute pancreatitis cause pancreatic cancer?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. You Sung Sang
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
No but ...: It can be a sign of it. Have your gastroenterologist run some tests to see why the pancreatitis occurred.

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