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Is the risk for pancreatic cancer hereditary?

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Five percent to 10% of people with pancreatic cancer have an immediate family member who also had it. Several different genes have been associated with the increased risk, although no "pancreatic cancer gene" has yet been identified.

SOURCES:

Klein A.P. , July-August 2001; vol 7: pp 266-73. The Cancer Journal

Tersmette A.C. March 2001; vol 7: pp 738-44. Clinical Cancer Research,

Fuchs C.S. , Oct. 28, 1996; vol 156: pp 2255-60. Archives of Internal Medicine

Chari S.T. . January 2008; vol 134: pp 95-101. Gastroenterology

Michaud D.S. , Aug. 22-29, 2001; vol 286: pp 921-9. The Journal of the American Medical Association

Michaud D.S. , April 6, 2005; vol 97: pp 518-24. Journal of the National Cancer Institute

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 24, 2017

SOURCES:

Klein A.P. , July-August 2001; vol 7: pp 266-73. The Cancer Journal

Tersmette A.C. March 2001; vol 7: pp 738-44. Clinical Cancer Research,

Fuchs C.S. , Oct. 28, 1996; vol 156: pp 2255-60. Archives of Internal Medicine

Chari S.T. . January 2008; vol 134: pp 95-101. Gastroenterology

Michaud D.S. , Aug. 22-29, 2001; vol 286: pp 921-9. The Journal of the American Medical Association

Michaud D.S. , April 6, 2005; vol 97: pp 518-24. Journal of the National Cancer Institute

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 24, 2017

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