cancers begin with a mutation in the DNA of one cell that causes the cell to
grow and divide uncontrollably. Environmental factors cause the genetic
mutations in most cases of pancreatic cancer. However, in about 5-10% of cases, the mutated
DNA is passed from generation to generation; these mutations may lead to
hereditary (familial) pancreatic cancer.
have identified several risk factors that may increase the likelihood that an
individual will develop pancreatic cancer. Risk factors include smoking, age, family
history, chronic and hereditary pancreatitis, race, gender, long-standing diabetes and
more information about these risk factors, contact the Pancreatic Cancer Action
Network at 877.272.6226.
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