Too much sodium in diet is not a risk factor for pancreatic cancer but poses the threat of stroke, kidney stones, heart failure, osteoporosis or enlarged heart muscle. Our pancreas has two main functions – to help with digestion and to regulate our blood sugar. There are many pancreatic cancer risk factors such as age, gender, race, stomach problems, cirrhosis of the liver and physical inactivity, but for this purpose we are going to talk about three common risk factors:
1. Cigarette smoking, alcohol and a diet high in butter fat or meats because according to several studies, about 20% to 30% of pancreatic cancers are caused by smoking, heavy drinking and diets that are high in butter fat and processed meats;
2. Obesity is a risk factor for pancreatic cancer because it is found out that people who are overweight are 20% more likely to develop this cancer than those who are not; and
3. Family history is also considered to be a risk factor because pancreatic cancer runs in some families and due to inherited genetic syndrome such as familial pancreatitis, Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome and hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome.