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    What causes pancreatic cancer?

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    A/Prof. Payal Saxena


    Dr Payal Saxena is a Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist appointed at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Prince of Wales Private Hospital and The Chris O'Brien LifeHouse. In … View Profile

    Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of death from cancer. Majority of patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer have a sporadic form of the disease. However, 10% of patients develop pancreatic cancer due to a cancer syndrome or secondary to a strong family history of pancreatic cancer. We now know that having cysts in the pancreas increase one's risk of developing pancreatic cancer. The cyst itself may grow and develop cancer. The remainder of the pancreas also remains at higher risk for developing cancer. The pancreas can be thoroughly assessed with a combination of MRI and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). If you have a cyst in your pancreas you should see your doctor about consultation with a Gastroenterologist.

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