Medical Monday: Pancreatic Cancer

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - It's estimated that more than 57,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year. Doctors say the disease has often progressed before it is diagnosed, making it particularly deadly.

Dr. Rafael Ching from the Digestive Diseases Center specializes in disorders of the pancreas. He says patients with a family history of pancreatic cancer could benefit from screening, such as endoscopic ultrasound or MRI.

Dr. Ching says obesity, smoking, chronic inflammation of the pancreas and alcohol use can lead to an increased risk of pancreatic cancer.

To learn more about this disease and potential risk factors, click on the video attached to this article.

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