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Pancreatic Cancer or Something else?

Pancreatic Cancer | Last Active: Jul 9, 2020 | Replies (20)

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Hi @ruz39 and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You'll notice that I moved your message to this discussion where members shared with @sgtgrl about her suspicions of pancreatic cancer. I recommend that you click VIEW & REPLY and read through the past comments.

Ruz, having lost your father at such a young age to pancreatic cancer, I can certainly understand your concern about recent symptoms and your vigilance about monitoring them. The good news is that less than 10% of pancreatic cancer is hereditary. Has anyone else in your family had pancreatic cancer?

The frustrating part is that the symptoms you describe, such as unexplained fatigue, weight loss, gas, odd bowel habits, could be any number of issues or conditions or even a side effect of medications and/or stress. It does sound like something that should be investigated, but I wouldn't assume cancer. To help reassure yourself, you may wish to take the pancreatic cancer risk assessment test:
– Assess Your Risk https://www.pancan.org/facing-pancreatic-cancer/about-pancreatic-cancer/risk-factors/risk-assessment-test/

Have you considered getting an appointment with a gastroenterologist?

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I've had 3 consults with a gastroenterologist, who 2 years ago did an endoscopy and colonoscopy, and found nothing suspicious. She also ordered blood tests about 16 months ago, found nothing.