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Pancreatic Cancer Risk Factors

Updated: Feb 3, 2023


  • Pancreatic cancer is more likely to occur in people who have had diabetes for more than five years.Research also suggests that a sudden onset of type 2 diabetes may be an early symptom of pancreatic cancer, especially in those who are over the age of 50, have a low body mass index (BMI), are losing weight or do not have a family history of diabetes.

  • Black Americans have a higher incidence of pancreatic cancer than people of Asian, Hispanic or Caucasian descent.They have the highest incidence rate of pancreatic cancer in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute SEER data. Although there are many pancreatic cancer risk factors, there is evidence that this disparity is more related to social and access issues rather than biology. Ashkenazi Jews also have a higher incidence of pancreatic cancer, possibly because the BRCA2 gene mutation is higher in people in this group.Obesity

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