2. Don’t smoke
Fortunately, the opposite is also true. After quitting, the risk of developing pancreatic cancer decreases gradually. The risk actually decreases to the point of reaching the same level as a nonsmoker after 10 to 15 years. Cigarette smoking is one preventable risk factor for pancreatic cancer, increasing a person’s risk of the disease by nearly twofold compared to nonsmokers.
3. Avoid alcohol use
Another pancreatic cancer prevention tip: Cut down on your drinking. Heavy alcohol consumption has been linked to pancreatic cancer in some studies, and it can also result in conditions like chronic pancreatitis, which is known to increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. There is conflicting evidence linking the use of aspirin and NSAIDs, drinking alcohol and coffee, and other factors to an increased (or decreased) risk of pancreatic cancer. You should limit your intake to no more than one drink for women. For men, it’s every day.
4. Limit exposure to certain chemicals in the workplace
If you work with chemicals frequently, be sure to follow the safe use instructions provided by your employer or union safety director. You can also check with these organizations. Avoiding workplace exposure to certain chemicals may lower your risk of pancreatic cancer. On the other hand, exposure to certain chemicals may increase your risk.
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