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Help! I'm 17 years old and worried I might have pancreatic cancer?


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replied January 23rd, 2011
Abdominal Pain Answer A18829
Hello and thank you for posting your medical question on E health forum.

The risk factors that might predispose a person to pancreatic cancer include : Age over 60 years, Afro-american race, being overweight or obese, Smoker, chronic inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), Diabetes or having a family history of pancreatic cancer or that of genetic syndromes that can increase cancer.

From the history provided, it seems that you do not have any of these risk factors.

The history and description of symptoms could be due to GERD, peptic ulcer disease, or spasmodic disorders of the food pipe. You do need evaluation of the pain with a few blood tests( Serology for H pylori, S lipase, amylase, Liver function tests, etc) as well as a ultrasound and a barium study or endoscopy of the Upper GI tract.

You will benefit by consulting your physician or a gastroenterologist to have your doubts clarified.

I hope this information here is helpful



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