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It is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and we have joined with the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research to give some simple steps to help avoid this disease. The goal of the Hirshberg Foundation is to find a cure for pancreatic cancer and to help develop the most advanced treatment options. To donate your car to help them in this cause, click here.

 

Scientists have not found any sure way to prevent pancreatic cancer. Some things just cannot be controlled like race, gender, age and family history. However, there are some things a person can do that may lower their risk.

Things You Can Do To Lower Your Risk of Pancreatic Cancer:

 

1. Do Not Smoke.

This is the most vital avoidable risk element for pancreatic cancer. If you can quit smoking, it will lower your risk. If you do smoke and would like help quitting, please speak with your physician right away.

 

2. Maintain a Healthy Weight.

Another way to lower your risk it to get at and stay at a healthy weight. Having regular physical activity and eating a healthy diet are important elements in this effort.

 

3. Limit Alcohol.

In some studies, heavy drinking of alcohol has been linked to pancreatic cancer. Such conditions as cirrhosis and chronic pancreatitis, which are known to increase the risk of pancreatic cancer, can be promoted by heavy alcohol use.

 

4. Limit Exposure to Certain Chemicals.

Avoiding exposure in your workplace or other areas to certain chemicals (carcinogens) may also reduce your risk of pancreatic cancer.