Ask The Expert
January 31, 2012
No, there is not a good screening test for pancreatic cancer at this time. Pancreatic cancer is a rare, deadly disease. Screening tests are most effective for fairly common conditions.
So instead of a screening test for everyone, researchers have been focusing on finding one that would work in people at higher than average risk for pancreatic cancer. This includes people with:
There’s lots of promising research for people at high risk. But a reasonably priced screening test for the general population is likely to be many years down the road.