Is Pancreatic Cancer Hereditary?


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Pancreatic cancer can run in families, making it hereditary, but it can also develop later in life, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Pancreatic Cancer Action reports that as of 2014, 5 to 10 percent of pancreatic cancer is hereditary.

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As of 2014, the National Familial Pancreas Cancer Registry includes multiple members of more than 250 families, according to Johns Hopkins. Only recently have researchers discovered a direct link between family members with pancreatic cancer. Previous instances of family members having this cancer were thought to relate indirectly to other conditions. Mutations of the chromosome 7 trypsinogen gene are a common source of hereditary pancreatic cancer.

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