Can Pancreatic Cancer Be Prevented?

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As with all cancers, the answer is no. There is no sure way to prevent pancreatic cancer. However, by following the suggestions below, you will significantly lower your chance of getting pancreatic cancer: Stop smoking. If you smoke, try to quit. Talk to your doctor about strategies to help you stop, including support groups, medications and nicotine replacement therapy. Smoking is widely acknowledged as the primary risk factor of pancreatic cancer. Maintain a healthy weight. If you are at a healthy weight, work to maintain it, and don't sabotage it by binging on chips, cakes or cheese. If you need to lose weight, aim for a slow, steady weight loss. Combine daily exercise with a diet rich in fibrous vegetables, fruit and whole grains with smaller portions is always a good choice. Limit alcohol use. Heavy alcohol use has been tied to pancreatic cancer in some studies, but not in others. This link is still not certain, but heavy alcohol use can lead to diseases like chronic pancreatitis and cirrhosis, which are known to increase pancreatic cancer risk. Keywords: pancreatic cancer prevention.