Hereditary Risk Factors for Pancreatic Cancer

Approximately 10% of pancreatic cancer is hereditary, which means it is caused by an inherited gene mutation that runs in a family. Genetic counselors are available at Piedmont Oncology to help determine if genetic testing for inherited pancreatic cancer risk would benefit you and your family.

If you or a close family member (parent, sibling, child) has had pancreatic cancer (at any age), you may benefit from genetic counseling for pancreatic cancer risk.

The chance for pancreatic cancer to be hereditary is higher if any of the following are present:

  • Pancreatic cancer in multiple close relatives

  • A family history of melanoma, breast, ovarian, prostate, colon, uterine, stomach and/or other cancers

  • Ashkenazi Jewish (Eastern European Jewish) ancestry

  • Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors and additional endocrine tumors


Contact a Genetic Counselor

Ask your doctor about pancreatic cancer genetic risk assessment, or contact our genetics team at 404-425-7300. For more information about our genetics program, counseling and testing, explore our additional resources below:

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