Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice


Pancreatic cancer

      1. Pancreatic cancer

Cancer | Pancreatic cancer

In Australia, pancreatic cancer is the eighth most commonly diagnosed cancer.1 In 2023, it is estimated that more than 4500 people were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and that one in 70 people will be diagnosed by the time they are aged 85 years.1


Recommendation Grade How often References
Screening for pancreatic cancer in asymptomatic adults is not recommended. Not recommended (Strong) N/A 2

In 2019, the US Preventive Services Task Force found that there are currently no accurate or validated biomarkers for early detection of pancreatic cancer.2

There are no specific recommendations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

People with a strong family history of pancreatic cancer should be referred to a familial cancer service, geneticist or oncologist for possible genetic testing.3

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