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What screenings are available for pancreatic cancer?

We don't have a gold standard yet for screening. The current data would suggest that an endoscopic ultrasound is the best test.

An endoscopic ultrasound is an ultrasound done with a scope down your esophagus into your stomach, and at the end of the scope is a little ultrasound probe. A very good technician can take that probe and he can look at the entire depth of your gland with an ultrasound, sort of like doing an ultrasound from the inside out, rather than from the outside in.

In the future, the endoscopic ultrasound may not be the go-to pancreatic cancer screening, as the MRI and ultrasound kind of compete neck and neck. But I think ultrasound is the right test for now.
 

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