Causes and prevention of Pancreatic Cancer.

What do we know about pancreatic cancer to have better treatment and possibly to prevent it.


Pancreatic Cancer is the 3rddeadly cancer in the US with a poor survival.

Poor survival  because the diagnosis is done most of the time  from metastasis, when the cancer has spread over all the body.

It is a deep organ in the central position in the abdomen. It is difficult to examine, and early signals may be confused or not taken with seriousness.

Causes are multiple from some genes, to age, obesity in childhood and alcohol-tabagism.

The main causes increasing the risk to have a pancreatic cancer are identified as:

  • Vitamins deficiency which is very often linked to lifestyle.
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption.Therefore, it may be challenging to implicate alcohol as an independent risk factor for pancreatic cancer du to the too frequently association with smoking.
  • Obesity in general and abdominal fatness is associated with physical inactivity which may be a factor by itself or a factor of abdominal obesity.
  • Red meats when cooked at high temperature, processed meats, cholesterol, fried foods and other foods containing nitrosamines.
  • Exposure to metalworking people have an additional risk estimated at 12 %
  • Exposure to pesticides increases the risk also of an estimated 12% for workers.

There are factors known to decrease the risk of pancreatic cancer

For a vegan healthy life. India has one of the lower risk to have a pancreas cancer

Vegetarians and vegans have about 50% lower mortality from pancreatic cancers compared with regular meat eaters

Nut consumption significantly lowers the risk of pancreatic cancer in women

Selenium also seems to play a role as the antagonist of arsenic, cadmium and lead, decreasing the oxidative stress caused by exposure to these elements


Pancreatic cancer is a global problem that requires a global solution.

Although its etiology remains still mostly unknown, many risk factors have been identied, smoking has been widely recognized as the main contributor to the high mortality rates of pancreatic cancer.

Healthcare professionals and policy makers could make more efforts to control the associated risk factors that may range from advocating for lifestyle changes, awareness campaigns and to imposing more strict smoking-related laws.

Analysis of pancreatic cancer epidemiology may be the key to elucidating the etiology and thus, the cornerstone of developing future cancer control strategies.

Grilled Tuna with avocado relish

Japanese meal where pancreas cancer risk is extremely low.

From “The Avocado Affair ” copyright 2018 Alba Martin

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