Black Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer than any other racial or ethnic group.
There are many reasons why the incidence rate of pancreatic cancer is higher for Black Americans. We don’t know what the cause of this disparity is, but factors related to systemic racism, the environment, access to nutritious food and barriers to quality healthcare may play a role. While we continue to invest research dollars into understanding more, we can help address the disparity the Black community experiences by sharing what we do know: understanding personal and family risk, learning signs and symptoms, and advocating for yourself and your community can all make a difference.
Understand your treatment options. Knowing the mutations in your tumor and the mutations you were born with may help select treatment options that are likely to work best for you. PanCAN’s Know Your Tumor® service offers genetic and biomarker testing to identify mutations.
Know the Risk Factors
Certain risk factors may increase the likelihood of getting pancreatic cancer. They include:
Inherited Genetic Mutations
Chemical and Heavy Metal Exposure
Take this 10-question quiz to learn more about your risk factors and what may increase your risk.
Members of the Black community talk about how to access treatment options and clinical trials, the importance of genetic and biomarker testing and more. Watch our webinar.
Celebrating Black Americans
“My grandmother enjoyed volunteering, so it was only fitting that I would get involved with PanCAN to help others facing pancreatic cancer – to raise awareness and be a voice for people who have passed away from the disease.”
Read more about PanCAN volunteer Niketa Miller
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PanCAN is working to make equitable progress in the fight against pancreatic cancer. We fund research studies focused on health inequities. We also advocate for more research funding and we are working to increase awareness of risk factors, symptoms and treatment options.
Read more about 2022 PanCAN grantee Nicolette Juliana Rodriguez, MD, MPH