Reducing Your Risk of Pancreatic Cancer
A risk factor increases your chances of developing cancer. Modifying the following risk factors may help reduce your risk of pancreatic cancer.
A significant number of cases of
For more information on how to quit smoking,
Alcohol consumption may lead to pancreatic cancer. If you
Being overweight or
It is well known that your chance of developing pancreatic cancer is increased if you have
Avoid Exposure to Pancreatic Cancer-causing Chemicals
You have a higher-than-normal risk of developing pancreatic cancer if you work in the petroleum and dry-cleaning industries, or if your job entails the use of pesticides and dyes. If you must work in these industries, research how to best protect yourself from exposure to chemicals. Check with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health or the Environmental Protection Agency about protective guidelines.
Eat a Nutritious Diet
Discuss with your doctor or dietitian strategies to eat a
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