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The Top 5 Pancreatic Cancer Risk Factors

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Unfortunately, no part of your body is immune to cancer, and your pancreas is no different. The pancreas is an important organ that produces hormones including insulin (which allows you body to process sugars) as well as acting as a digestive tool to in the absorption of nutrients.

Pancreatic cancer is among the deadliest types of cancers, although it is relatively rare. According to the National Cancer Institute, about 1.5-percent of the population will be diagnosed with the disease at some point. In fact, 2012 statistics claim there are almost 46,000 people living with pancreatic cancer in the U.S. However, while there’s no surefire way to prevent pancreatic cancer altogether, here are 5 things to avoid to help lower the risk…


1. Smoking

Yes, you already know smoking is bad, but the American Cancer Society says regularly smoking is a big risk factor for pancreatic cancer. In fact, the risk of getting this type of cancer doubles in those who smoke.

According to research cited by the Cancer Society, this may be due to chemicals from cigarette smoke that enter your body and damage the pancreas. It states to 20- to 30-percent of pancreatic cancer cases are caused by smoking tobacco. Cigars and pipes increase the risk too. Quit while you’re ahead—Cancer Research UK notes, “It takes about 20-years after stopping smoking for the pancreatic cancer risk to fall to the same levels as those who have never smoked.”

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