Risk Factors for pancreatic cancer

The causes of pancreatic cancer are not known. However, there are some risk factors that make developing pancreatic cancer more likely.

Cigarette Smoking – There is a direct relationship between the amount you smoke and the risk of pancreatic cancer.
Age – The risk of developing pancreatic cancer increases with age.
Diabetes – There have been a number of reports which suggest that diabetics have an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
Obesity – Recent studies have shown that risk is higher in people who are obese (have a Body Mass Index more than 30). Some studies show that obese women who carry their weight on their stomach area are at an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
Chronic Pancreatitis – Long-term inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) has been linked to pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer by itself (not part of a known syndrome) runs in some families. People with first degree relatives (mother, father, brother, sister) diagnosed with pancreatic cancer have an increased risk of being in that type of family. Click here for for more information on hereditary pancreatic cancer

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Information Product No. PCA0144v1 | Published: 21/08/2017 | Last Updated: 12/02/2018 | Next Review Due: 21/08/2020