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Can you please tell me how pancreatitis &pancreatic cancer differ?

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Dr. Shoaib Shafique
Vascular Surgery 34 years experience
Pancreatitis : Is inflammatory process however pancreatic cancer is malignant neoplasm

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Can you tell me about pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer advice/info?

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Please tell me what are some of the causes fo pancreatic cancer?

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Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
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 either parent, we can damage our dna by smoking, or our dna can be damaged by chance. Risk factors for p are increasing age, diabetes, being a male, being obese and eating a high cholesterol diet and being black.
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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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