Browser does not support script.
Skip to main content
Find out how we produce our information|
At present there isn't a simple and reliable screening test to detect cancer of the pancreas at an early stage.
However, if your family may have an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, it is recommended that you are referred to a specialist cancer genetics centre, where you will be counselled about your personal risk and offered the chance to take part in screening.
In the UK, the national co-ordinating centre for screening for people at high risk of pancreatic cancer is the European Registry for Familial Pancreatic Cancer and Hereditary Pancreatitis (EUROPAC).|
The aim of screening is to try to detect pancreatic cancer early, if it occurs. It isn't clear how effective screening for pancreatic cancer is or which tests should be used. So you may be offered screening as part of a clinical trial.
EUROPAC runs a screening programme for people over 40 years of age with a strong family history of cancer of the pancreas and for people with hereditary pancreatitis. However, each family is considered on an individual basis and screening may be offered at an earlier age depending on the family history.
The screening involves blood tests, CT and ultrasound scans and a test called an endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography| (ERCP). These tests are repeated every 1-3 years.
EUROPAC is also currently running a study to try to find out which genes cause familial pancreatic cancer. If you take part in this study it involves filling out a questionnaire, and having blood samples taken and your name put on a register.
If you have a family history of cancer of the pancreas and would like to know more you can contact EUROPAC at the address below or through your GP or hospital doctor.
Ms Sara Harrison
EUROPAC Data Manager
Division of Surgery and Oncology
5th Floor UCD Block
Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Liverpool L69 3GA
Tel 0151 706 4168
Fax 0151 706 5826
Content last reviewed: 1 December 2010
Next planned review: 2013
For answers, support or just a chat, call the Macmillan Support Line free (Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm)
If you have any questions about cancer, need support or just want someone to talk to, ask Macmillan.
If you have any questions about Macmillan we would love to hear from you| .
You can also follow us| on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or YouTube.
© Macmillan Cancer Support 2013
what are these?|