Understanding your risk for pancreatic cancer is an important first step in prevention or early diagnosis. Our team of pancreatic cancer experts is dedicated to helping you identify your risk and evaluate your symptoms to develop the best individualized treatment plan.
The exact cause of pancreatic cancer is unknown. A risk factor is anything that increases your chance of getting a disease such as cancer. Some risk factors, like smoking can be changed. Others, like a person’s age or family history, cannot be changed.
Risk factors that can be changed include:
Risk factors that cannot be changed include:
While you can’t prevent pancreatic cancer, there are things you can do to lower your risk, including:
If you have questions about your risk factors or how to prevent pancreatic cancer, talk with your doctor.
If you have high-risk conditions that may lead to pancreatic cancer, including precancerous pancreatic cysts, inherited high-risk genetic mutations or a family history of pancreatic cancer, the Pancreas Cancer Prevention Clinic can help detect pancreatic cancer early and provide preventive treatment and support. Learn more about our Pancreas Cancer Prevention Clinic.