Pancreatic cancer is rare, only accounting for about three percent of all cancers. It tends to spread rapidly and is usually advanced by the time it is diagnosed. Although experts have not been able to identify the exact cause of pancreatic cancer, there are steps you can take to decrease your risk of developing it.
Concerned about your risk of pancreatic cancer? To talk to an expert oncologist at Dignity Health North State about how to prevent pancreatic cancer in Northern California, use our online Find a Doctor tool. We provide comprehensive care for pancreatic cancer symptoms, stages, and more.
Pancreatic Cancer Risk Factors
Risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing pancreatic cancer include:
- Tobacco use
- Age older than 60
- African American race
- Excess weight — obesity increases your risk by 20 percent
- Male gender
- Family history of pancreatic cancer
- Gene mutations, such as PRSS1, BRCA2, and p16/CDKN2A
- Certain medical conditions, including chronic pancreatitis, diabetes, stomach conditions, and liver cirrhosis
How to Reduce Your Risk of Pancreatic Cancer with Dignity Health North State
The best way to prevent pancreatic cancer is to address lifestyle choices and medical conditions that increase your risk. Tips to lower your risk include:
- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
- Limit alcohol consumption.
- Don’t use tobacco.
- Treat all existing medical conditions, including stomach ulcers and other gastrointestinal conditions.
Schedule an appointment with one of our expert oncologists at Dignity Health North State to assess your risk for pancreatic cancer. If you are diagnosed, we can help you find a support group at one of our hospitals and explain your treatment options. We can provide you with trusted cancer care that puts your well-being and dignity at the center.