Four in 10 Pancreatic Cancers Could Be Prevented by Lifestyle Changes

 What You Need to Know: Almost 40 per cent of pancreatic cancers — one of the deadliest forms of cancer — could be avoided through maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking according to research, in a call to arms against the disease. While more research is needed to find better ways of diagnosing and treating the disease, there is evidence to suggest that some pancreatic cancers are linked to being overweight and to smoking — and almost four in 10 could be prevented by lifestyle changes to address this.

“Survival for this disease remains shockingly low and this has to change. There’s an urgent need to tackle pancreatic cancer head on by building up an armoury of effective new treatments — and developing ways to diagnose this disease sooner, when surgery is more effective.”At the same time it’s important to remember that people can take steps to reduce their risk of developing pancreatic and other cancers, by not smoking and by keeping a healthy weight — especially if you are prone to carrying too much around your middle. Keeping physically active and cutting down on red meat may also help reduce the risk.”

– Professor Jeff Evans, a clinician and researcher at Cancer Research UK’s Beatson Institute in Glasgow

My Take: Pancreas cancer is rarely in the spotlight, unlike breast or prostate cancer. Pancreas cancer is challenging to manage, and I like that we are reminding folks that there are things you can do to reduce your risk of this often deadly disease. I’m Dr. Michael Hunter.

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