Re: Is Pancreatic cancer hereditary?
I really wanted to answer your question to hopefully safe you some of the anguish
I have gone through. While there is hereditary PC, 15%. Try to look at 85% of the cases are not hereditary. Also your father being a heavy smoker would definately be a factor.
I was told that although most hereditary cases are afflicted before or around age 50,
the fact that by Dad was a chain smoker, and no other family members died of pc, he could not be placed in that catagory. My Dad just like yours, heavy smoker and drinker, he died 30 yrs ago and at that time they thought the alcoholism caused the pc. Today they no the smokes make you at risk. Drinking puts you at a greater risk for pancreatitis.
And the genetic Drs told me that drinking does not increase your risk for pc however a smoker that drinkd may somehow mkae their "smoking risk" much greater. Some kind of senergistic effect.
Be proactive, which it seems you are. But in the opinion of someone who has researched this topic, a long with driving my family crazy, you dont seem to be in the line of pc. If your Dad was not a smoker then I would be concerned.
hope this helped