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Pancreatic Cancer (cont.)

Pancreatic Cancer Causes

The main recognized risk factors for pancreatic cancer include the following:

  • Smoking (most common environmental risk factor)
  • Obesity
  • Advanced age
  • Male sex -- The male-to-female ratio of pancreatic cancer is 1.3:1.
  • Chronic pancreatitis -- Inflammation of the pancreas, usually from excessive alcohol intake or gallstones
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Family history of pancreatic cancer and many other genetic factors such as mutation in KRAS2 gene and a history of familial adenomatous polyposis
  • Consumption of red meat
  • Black males in the U.S. have the highest rates of pancreatic cancer
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/2/2015
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