Pancreatic Cancer: It’s Personal


Those who have had a family member diagnosed with pancreatic cancer understand: it’s personal.
Pancreatic cancer comes with little warning, and the timeframe from diagnosis to death is often very short, creating a life-altering impact on survivors and families.

Detection of pancreatic cancer in early stages impacts survival rates for this deadly disease. What can you do to help early detection? First, know your family. Then, know your risk for pancreatic cancer.



Understanding your family’s medical history is vital! Parents, grandparents, siblings and other family members who had pancreatic cancer can put you at increased risk for the disease.

If you do not already know the medical histories of those in your family, talk to your loved ones now. Knowing your own risk for pancreatic cancer can start you on the path to early detection, and a longer life.

Download our “Know Your Family” worksheet for questions to ask your parents and grandparents.




If there is a history of pancreatic cancer in multiple family members, meet with a genetic counselor to assess your level of risk. 

Knowing if you are at high risk can help you and your doctor decide if you should have tests to try to detect pancreatic cancer, since detection of pancreatic cancer in its early stages impacts survival rates. Pancreatic cancer is treatable when caught early, but most patients are diagnosed too late.

Find a certified genetic counselor near you today!


The Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation's mission is to serve as a catalyst for the early diagnosis and ultimate cure of pancreatic cancer. Our "Pancreatic Cancer: It's Personal" campaign contributes to this mission by helping increase public awareness of the life-saving impact of early detection. 

Take it personally – learn about your family history and take steps toward early detection today. If you’d like further information, please contact