Pancreatic cancer is not a common cancer, accounting for only about three percent of cancers in the US. However, it’s important to understand how to help prevent it. Pancreatic cancer tends to spread rapidly and is usually advanced at the time of diagnosis.
At Dignity Health Central California, we aim to stop cancer before it starts. Find a Doctor today to learn how to prevent pancreatic cancer in Central California. We provide comprehensive care for pancreatic cancer symptoms at all stages — offering humankindness each step of the way.
What Causes Pancreatic Cancer?
The exact cause of pancreatic cancer is unknown. However, several risk factors can increase the likelihood of developing pancreatic cancer, including:
- Age older than 60
- Being overweight
- African American race
- Family history of pancreatic cancer
- Genetics, such as gene mutations
- Male gender
- Tobacco use
- Other medical conditions, including chronic pancreatitis, liver cirrhosis, diabetes, and stomach conditions
Talk to your doctor if you are concerned about your risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
Reducing Your Risk of Pancreatic Cancer at Dignity Health Central California
Because health experts don’t fully understand how it develops, there is no definitive way to prevent pancreatic cancer. The best prevention strategy is to address the risk factors you can control in order to reduce your risk.
Tips for lower your risk include:
- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
- Limit alcohol consumption.
- Quit smoking and using other forms of tobacco.
- Treat all other medical conditions, including gastrointestinal conditions like a stomach ulcer.
Your doctor can explain the treatment options offered at Dignity Health Central California and help you find support groups. We offer cutting-edge cancer care focused on personalized treatment with a healing touch. Schedule an appointment today to assess your risk for pancreatic cancer. Dignity Health Central California can help you create a plan to help prevent pancreatic cancer in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.