Pancreatic Cancer Risk Heightened By Two Alcoholic Drinks Each Day

Jun 5, 2009 by

Pancreatic Cancer Risk Heightened By Two Alcoholic Drinks Each Day

How to Prevent Pancreatic Cancer – Tips and Suggestions

Pancreatic cancer presents little or no symptoms in its initial stages, so diagnosis often only occurs after the disease has become relatively advanced. According to the American Cancer Society, the condition struck almost 38,000 Americans in 2008, and it accounted for about 6% of all cancer deaths in the US in that year. What are some simple steps which we can take to prevent this disease?

Do Not Smoke
Cigarette smoking raises risk for almost all types of cancer, including pancreatic cancer. Smoking could in fact be responsible for about a quarter of all cases of the disease.

Maintain Healthy Weight
Obesity has been, in previous studies, linked with heightened pancreatic cancer risk.

Consume a Healthy Diet
Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, while lowering your intake of red meat and saturated fats. By doing so, you lower the stress placed upon your pancreatic gland, thereby reducing your cancer risk. Of course, fruits and vegetables also contain many health-protecting antioxidants and nutrients. Ensure that you are getting sufficient amounts of B vitamins, such as B6, B12 and folate; studies have shown that, when consumed through dietary sources, they can lower pancreatic cancer risk, although this benefit was not observed when these nutrients were taken in supplementary form.

Exercise Regularly
Regular physical activity lowers cancer risk.

Get some Sunshine
Vitamin D has been shown in many studies to greatly lower your risk of pancreatic cancer, as well as most other types of the disease.


Excess alcohol intake has already been linked to many types of cancer, including those of the mouth, esophagus, breast and liver. A recent study also suggested that just one alcoholic drink a day could elevate a woman’s cancer risk.

Now, this latest study has added pancreatic cancer to the list. Being an exercise which analyzed many previous studies, its findings hold more weight than those from just a single study. Those wanting good health and longevity thus have one more good reason to stay away from alcohol, or at least too much of it.


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