Causes of pancreatic cancer
What causes 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. Smoking causes nearly 1 in 3 of all pancreatic cancers.
Age – The risk of developing pancreatic cancer increases with age.
Chronic Pancreatitis – Long-term inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) has been linked to pancreatic cancer.
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.
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