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Can Pancreatic Cancer be Prevented?

Written by Courteney

Posted on November 9, 2016 at 8:27 am

Pancreatic cancer is a silent and deadly form of cancer, which is predicted to claim 41,780 American lives in 2016 alone. In our last post, we looked at the known risk factors for pancreatic cancer development, so in this post we wanted to examine potential lifestyle choices that may help lower the risk of developing this silently deadly form of cancer.

Can You Prevent Pancreatic Cancer?

Unfortunately, no type of cancer can be 100% prevented. While it more often strikes those who fall into the identified risk categories, pancreatic cancer also develops in people with no known risk factors. However, it is within your power (whether you are at higher risk or not) to make lifestyle adjustments that will certainly lower your chances of developing pancreatic cancer.

What do the Studies Say?

Studies are conflicting on the topic of pancreatic cancer prevention. Some studies suggest that a diet rich in produce lowers the risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Multiple experiments on lab rats do show that high-protein, high-fat diets often develop pancreatic cancer in rats, but that data doesn’t necessarily translate to humans. It seems studies on obesity hold the consensus that carrying excess weight does raise the risk of developing pancreatic (and many other kinds of) cancer.

What Lifestyle Changes May Lower Your Risk? 

Some of the ways you can tweak your lifestyle to lower your risk of developing pancreatic cancer include:

  • Quit smoking – smoking more than doubles your risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
  • Loose excess weight – many studies done on obesity prove it raises the risk of pancreatic cancer.
  • Exercise regularly – those who lead sedentary lives often suffer more serious health problems.
  • Limit the amount of processed meats in your diet as they have been linked to pancreatic and colorectal cancers.
  • Eat a diet rich in fruits and veggies and try to limit saturated fats, excess animal fats or too much alcohol as it is an important factor in lowering the risk of developing many diseases including most cancers.

That concludes our look at pancreatic cancer prevention. Thanks for visiting DocChat! If you have any medical queries, our board-certified physicians are standing by 24/7/365 to assist you.


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