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Are diabetics more likely to have pancreatic cancer?

Are diabetics more likely to have pancreatic cancer?

Yes: Diabetes is associated increase in the incidence of pancreatic, kidney, colorectal, prostate, endometrial, liver, breast, renal cell cancers and lymphoma. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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Should i be tested for pancreatic cancer? My younger brother died of pancreatic cancer 3 years ago. I am 69 and was diagnosed as diabetic 1 year ago

Should i be tested for pancreatic cancer?  My younger brother died of pancreatic cancer 3 years ago.  I am 69 and was diagnosed as diabetic 1 year ago

If you want: Unfortunately for early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, there is no specific tumor markers available , and no screening mechanism except ct scan, from the information you gave your unfortunate brother's cancer do not appear to genetic origin , speak to your doctor, good luck. ...Read more

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Should my dad be screened for pancreatic cancer? Since he's a 56 year old diabetic. How is this screened for?

Should my dad be screened for pancreatic cancer? Since he's a 56 year old diabetic. How is this screened for?

See below: There is no blood test for pancreatic cancer screening. If the suspicion is high an imaging study, ultrasound, CT or MRI may be done. You may consult this site and then discuss the matter with your father's doctor: http://www.uchospitals.edu/specialties/cancer/pancreatic/screening.html ...Read more

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This year I was diagnosed with chronic pancreatus. Take creon, helps great. Now, I am type 1 diabetic. Should I worry about pancreatic cancer?

This year I was diagnosed with chronic pancreatus. Take creon, helps great. Now, I am type 1 diabetic. Should I worry about pancreatic cancer?

Not really: Chronic pancreatitis, diabetics has slightly higher incidence but not significant enough to worry, go for regular routine examinations from your physician. ...Read more

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How likely is getting pancreatic cancer at 22? Also would symptoms like left side and mid left back pain happen suddenly?

How likely is getting pancreatic cancer at 22? Also would symptoms like left side and mid left back pain happen suddenly?

Very rare: Pancreatic cancer in a 22 year old is very rare. sudden pain in the left side/back is more likely to be due to injury or overuse. I would also consider a urinary tract infection or kidney stone, which both way more likely than cancer. ...Read more

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My sister says she has pancreatic cancer. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has pancreatic cancer. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

No, unless..: No. Genetic abnormality only accounts for a small fraction of pancreatic cancer cases. Up to 10 percent of patients with pancreatic cancer have a family history of the disease the risk will be higher if you have a very strong family history of other cancers in the family as well. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Dr. Debashish Bose
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Pancreatic Cancer (Definition)

Cancer of the pancreas are fast growing abnormal cells. These can be adenocarcinoma that can grow quickly, difficult to diagnose at an early stage & only sometimes can be removed with surgery. Endocrine cancers tend to be slower growing & may produce hormones & are surgically removed. Cystic cancers also may have better success with surgery. All of these can be difficult ...Read more