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Winter 11-20-2020


The fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States is pancreatic cancer [1,2,6]. Typically affecting older adults between the ages of 60-80, pancreatic cancer carries a high mortality partially due to its late diagnosis [1,2]. There is no uniform screening recommendation provided by any medical organization; however cutaneous or endoscopic ultrasounds may prove useful to screen individuals at high risk for developing pancreatic cancer. Several risk factors for pancreatic cancer are non-modifiable such as hereditary or genetic causes while others are modifiable through lifestyle adjustments such as obesity, alcohol consumption, type 2 diabetes, medication use [2,3]. The goal of our study is to further investigate this relationship in our patients in the Rio Grande Valley.

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medical student

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