Pancreatic Cancer
Risk Factors And Age

Click the Pancreatic Cancer Risk Calculator tool from The Siteman Cancer Center to help determine what your pancreatic cancer risk factors are and what you may be able to do to reduce your chances of being diagnosed. 

Although more research needs to be done, there is evidence that the following risk factors could increase your chances of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. A large study demonstrated that the combination of smoking, long-standing diabetes and a poor diet increases the risk of pancreatic cancer beyond any one of the following factors alone:

Factors that may or may not increase your risk of pancreatic cancer include:

  • Chronic inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
  • Smoking is considered the major controllable risk factor for getting pancreatic cancer.
  • Diabetes, may be a cause and a symptom
  • Family history of genetic syndromes; including a BRCA2 gene mutation, Lynch syndrome and FAMMM, a condition characterized by the presence of multiple moles.
  • Family history of pancreatic cancer
  • Obesity
  • Older age, as most but not all people are diagnosed after age 65. Talk to your health professional if you have two or more first-degree relatives who have had pancreatic cancer, a first-degree relative who developed pancreatic cancer before the age of 50, or an inherited genetic syndrome associated with pancreatic cancer. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) strongly recommends consulting with a genetic counselor to determine your risk and eligibility for a screening program.

Resources: Mayo Clinic & Seenamagowitzfoundation


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