Published online Sep 14, 2014. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v20.i34.12118
Revised: January 23, 2014
Accepted: May 29, 2014
Published online: September 14, 2014
Core tip: Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer-related death in Western countries. Considering the low incidence of pancreatic cancer, population-based screening is not feasible. This review analyzes the possibility to identify a population at risk for pancreatic cancer and the strategies for clinical screening and prevention.