Novel risk prediction model could improve pancreatic cancer screening

Written by Caitlin Killen, Future Science group

Researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (MA, USA) have developed a risk prediction model capable of identifying individuals with a greater risk of pancreatic cancer. The study, published this week in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, could aid in earlier detection of pancreatic cancer. Approximately 80% of pancreatic cancer patients present with advanced, incurable disease at the time of diagnosis. Patients diagnosed at earlier stages of the disease are candidates for surgery, which is a vital, potentially curative, option. Tailored prevention and screening paradigms are needed to ensure the earlier diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Current screening techniques,...

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