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You can help lower your risk for pancreatic cancer by making healthy lifestyle choices, being careful if you work with chemicals and seeing your doctor if you experience any symptoms.
Cancer Prevention: Making Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Taking action to try to lower your risk for pancreatic cancer may also lower your risk for other cancers. For example, not smoking may also lower your risk for lung, esophageal, stomach, head, neck, bladder and other cancers.
Talk with your doctor or nurse about steps you can take to lower your risk for pancreatic or other cancers. Here are some actions they may suggest:
Don't smoke. If you do smoke, stop.
Lower the fat in your diet.
Eat more fruits and vegetables.
Avoid too much weight gain and exercise regularly.
Cancer Prevention if you Work with Chemicals
Exposure to certain chemicals may raise your risk of pancreatic cancer. If you work with chemicals often, be sure to follow guidelines for safe use. Your employer or union safety director can give you guidelines for safe use of chemicals. You can also check with these organizations.
Screening tests check for disease in people who don't have symptoms. However, there are no recommended screening tests for pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer has been called a "silent" disease because it does not have many symptoms until the cancer has spread. Early symptoms may be vague and not specific to the pancreas (such as back pain). For that reason, it takes a while for many people with pancreatic cancer to get a diagnosis.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.