Reduce Risks Of Pancreatic Cancer

                                                                                                    Paul Rogers

Be attentive to the symptoms and know the major risk factors. There are pancreatic cancer risk factors beyond your control including advancing age, gender, race, and family history. However, smoking, obesity which can cause type 2 diabetes, and the chronic form of pancreatitis, inflammation of the pancreas, most often is caused by long term abuse of alcohol and will substantially increase risk.

Some studies show that smoking increases risk by up to 50%. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says obese people with sedentary lifestyle are at twice the risk as those who are physically active and follow a healthy diet. The study suggests that 15 percent of pancreatic cancer could be eliminated by maintaining proper body weight and diet with just moderate exercise.

  • Don’t smoke. If you do, quit.
  • Follow a healthy lifestyle. 
  • Eat Healthy
  • Lose Weight  The higher your B.M.I., the greater your risk of pancreatic cancer,
  • Minimize the risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes.
  • Limit alcohol use to moderate level to help avoid chronic pancreatitis.
  • Talk to your doctor about using aspirin. It is important to note that although aspirin does reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer, aspirin could have potential risks for other medical conditions. Each individual should be evaluated by a physician based on medical considerations and related factors. 

If symptoms persist particularly along with uncontrollable risk factors, see your health professional to discuss your family history of pancreatic cancer and concerns with your doctor.

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