What is included in patient education about pancreatic cancer?

Updated: Mar 07, 2019
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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Answer

Smoking is the most significant reversible risk factor for pancreatic cancer.

Alcohol consumption does not increase the risk of pancreatic cancer unless it leads to chronic pancreatitis. A multicenter study of more than 2000 patients with chronic pancreatitis showed a 26-fold increase in the risk of developing pancreatic cancer. [22]

For patient education information, see the Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreas Center and Cancer and Tumors Center, as well as Pancreatitis and Pancreatic Cancer.


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