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Pancreatic Cancer Risk Factors


Updated July 14, 2006

Smoking plays a big role in the development of pancreatic cancer.:

Cigarettes contain carcinogens, which are cancer causing substances. Smokers are 2-3 times more likely to develop pancreatic cancer over a non-smoker.

Being diabetic. :

Although researchers are not sure why, but having diabetes may increase your risk factor.


As you get older, your risk factor for pancreatic increases.

Race. :

African Americans have a higher risk factor for developing pancreatic cancer. Researchers are unclear as to why, but studies suggest that higher rates of smoking and economic factors may be the cause.


Men develop pancreatic cancer at a higher rate than women.

Chronic Pancreatitis:

Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. Having chronic pancreatitis increases your risk factor for pancreatic cancer, especially if it is inherited.


Pancreatic cancer is more common in the Jewish population. Researchers feel it may be due to an inherited genetic mutation of the BRCA2 gene.
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