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If you experience any of these symptoms, see your provider right away as symptoms of pancreatic cancer often don’t occur until the disease is advanced:
Factors that may increase your risk of pancreatic cancer include:
A large study demonstrated that the combination of smoking, long-standing diabetes and a poor diet increases the risk of pancreatic cancer beyond the risk of any one of these factors alone.
Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, which can be acute or chronic. Pancreatitis is typically not related to pancreatic cancer, but in some cases, there is a link.
Pancreatic cysts are fairly common, and most do not lead to cancer. There are different types of cysts—most are benign, but some are malignant and may be pre-cancerous so proper diagnosis and treatment is essential.
Yes, but you’ll be diabetic. If your pancreas is removed as part of your cancer treatment plan, you’ll need to take insulin and digestive enzymes for the rest of your life.
No, there is no definitive prevention. However, you can reduce your risk by maintaining a healthy weight and diet, not smoking and limiting alcohol.