If You Have Diabetes, Are You At Risk for Pancreatic Cancer?
If you are living with diabetes or prediabetes, you may have heard that there is a link between diabetes and pancreatic cancer. Please be reassured that most people with diabetes do not develop pancreatic cancer. However, it is known that almost one in four people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer have diabetes, so your concern is understandable, and you should learn more.
The questionnaire below can help you understand your possible risk factors, so you can discuss them with your doctor. After taking the quiz, you can read our articles about the relationship between these diseases, the signs and symptoms to watch for, and the research that is being done around this connection.
Are YOU at Risk?
Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer Risk Awareness Quiz
Learn more about the relationship between diabetes and pancreatic cancer, understand who might be at risk, and find out what to do if you are at risk.
Understanding the Connection Between Pancreatic Cancer and Diabetes
Did you know that newly-diagnosed diabetes can be a symptom of pancreatic cancer? Researchers recognize that there is a link between diabetes and pancreatic cancer and are working to better understand this relationship. The ultimate goal is to diagnose pancreatic cancer at an earlier stage, when there are more treatment options.
Dr. Anirban Maitra, Dr. Suresh Chari, and others are looking at the relationship between new-onset diabetes and pancreatic cancer.
Researchers are using blood samples to follow people considered at risk for developing pancreatic cancer in a trial looking for early detection biomarkers.
Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes you are at an increased risk for developing pancreatic cancer. Learn more about your risk by reading this story.
New-Onset Diabetes Plus Unintentional Weight Loss Emerging as an Important Clue In Earlier Detection
Dr. Brian Wolpin outlines the connection between unintentional weight loss, new-onset diabetes, and pancreatic cancer.
Type 2 Diabetes as a Precursor to Pancreatic Cancer
Read stories from patients and doctors about what to look for if you have been recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and are over the age of 50.
Dr. Venkata Akshintala outlines some of the precursors to pancreatic cancer that people should look out for.
Longer-Term Type 2 Diabetes Increases Risk
People with type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than the average person. Read stories from patients who had diabetes for a number of years before they were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Harvey Parker had genetic testing as part of his initial pancreatic cancer treatment. The BRCA2 mutation led him to a PARP inhibitor clinical trial.