If your family history records pancreatic cases, you most certainly are part of the risk group. That means you have a higher risk of getting this serious and life-threatening malignant disease compared to people who do not have this disease in their family.
But experts claim that smoking is an important risk factor for the occurrence of pancreatic cancer. The risk is proportional to the number of cigarettes smoked, or the duration of the period you’ve been smoking. Long-term smokers who smoke more than 20 cigarettes per day have higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
Smoking is cited as a cause of pancreatic cancer in even 20 to 30 percent, followed by alcohol as another possible cause of the disease. Improper diet and physical inactivity can also lead to development of this insidious disease.
There are no rules and recommendations determined regarding the prevention of pancreatic cancer, but experts advise potential patients to stop smoking, to maintain normal (optimal) weight, to practice physical activities regularly, to consume healthy food i.e. more fruit, vegetable, whole grains, nuts which contain many natural antioxidants.
Some studies show that certain vitamins can help in the prevention of pancreatic cancer, such as vitamin D.