You probably heard that Steve Jobs- the former head of Apple died this week of pancreatic cancer. While pancreatic cancer is the 10th most common kind of cancer in the US, it’s the 4th most common cause of cancer death. It often has a poor prognosis partly because people often don’t have any symptoms until it’s pretty advanced- meaning that folks get diagnosed late in the disease. Family history is the biggest risk factor for getting pancreatic cancer, but people that smoke cigarettes or are obese have a higher risk of getting pancreatic cancer. Moderate alcohol consumption doesn’t appear to pose an additional risk- but some studies show that heavy drinking can increase your risk.
You can reduce your risk by quitting smoking, eating a diet that’s high in fruits and vegetables, avoiding excessive sugary drinks, and getting plenty of exercise. Sound familiar?