What are the reasons for pancreatic cancer? What Harvard Health Publishing and more experts think.

What are the reasons for pancreatic cancer? What Harvard Health Publishing and more experts think.

Answered by Dr. Howard E. LeWine

M.D. Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing · 40 years of experience · USA

For most types of pancreatic cancer, there is no proven way to prevent it. You can decrease your risk of getting this cancer by not smoking. Cigarette smoking is the most significant risk factor associated with pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer can run in families and it almost surely has a hereditary cause. Also you may decrease your risk of developing pancreatic cancer by: Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, Staying physically active and engaging in daily exercise, Maintaining a healthy weight

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Answered by Dr. Alex T. Thomas

MD · 40 years of experience · USA

Diabetes, smoking, and chronic pancreatic swelling can cause pancreatic cancer. Any kind of internal wound or injury which is left untreated can cause pancreatic cancer.

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Answered by Dr. Rajesh Mishra

MBBS · 0.3 years of experience · India

Risk factors Smoking. Diabetes. Chronic inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) Family history of genetic syndromes that can increase cancer risk, including a BRCA2 gene mutation, Lynch syndrome and familial atypical mole-malignant melanoma (FAMMM) syndrome. Family history of pancreatic cancer. Obesity.

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Answered by Dr. Subodh Govind

MBBS, MPH-HA · 6.5 years of experience · India

The cause of pancreatic cancer is not known. Commonly, most pancreatic cancers (about 90%) are considered sporadic. A risk factor is anything that increases the risk of cancer. The risk factors for pancreatic cancers include age (mostly above 45 years of age), gender (men more than women), race/ethnicity (more common in black folks and jews), smoking, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, diet, alcohol, diabetes, family history, rare inherited genetic disorders, chronic pancreatitis, bacteria, chemicals, hepatitis B infection, and cirrhosis.

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Disclaimer: This is for information purpose only, and should not be considered as a substitute for medical expertise. These are opinions from an external panel of individual doctors, and not to be considered as opinion of Microsoft. Please seek professional help regarding any health conditions or concerns.

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