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What can I do if my uncle died from pancreatic cancer. Does this mean my dad has a good chance of getting it?

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Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine
15 doctors agree

In brief: Probably not

It depends on the type of pancreatic cancer.
The most common type (not the one steve jobs had) has a weak genetic link. A person with a first degree relative with pancreas cancer has only a modestly elevated risk of getting pancreas cancer.

In brief: Probably not

It depends on the type of pancreatic cancer.
The most common type (not the one steve jobs had) has a weak genetic link. A person with a first degree relative with pancreas cancer has only a modestly elevated risk of getting pancreas cancer.
Dr. Thomas Chen
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Dr. Paul Zhang
But it is not uncommon to see :ordianry" pancreatic cancers in one family, so I will say you should be very cautious with any symptoms suggestive of pancreatic cancer.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Unlikely

If your uncle is the only relation who has had pancreatic cancer, you are unlikely to be at a dramatically increased risk.
Make sure to get a complete family history of all your other relatives to make sure there are not any more pressing abnormalities.

In brief: Unlikely

If your uncle is the only relation who has had pancreatic cancer, you are unlikely to be at a dramatically increased risk.
Make sure to get a complete family history of all your other relatives to make sure there are not any more pressing abnormalities.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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