2. Prevention of Pancreatic Cancer
While pancreatic cancer is not entirely preventable, there are certain risk factors that you can avoid. Give yourself the best chance for a long and healthy life by not smoking. Keep yourself at a healthy weight. Give your body plenty of exercise. Fuel your body with nutritious whole foods including leafy greens, lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Maintain a body mass index (BMI) of 18.5-24.9. Avoid excessive use of alcohol, as alcohol may contribute to cancer risk or to disease resulting in cancer. Avoid exposure to cancer-causing chemicals in your workplace.
1. Research into Pancreatic Cancer
Researchers are investigating causes of, diagnosis of, and treatment for pancreatic cancer. Certain genes such as BRCA2 and p16 are indicators of risk for developing pancreatic cancer. The Whipple procedure to remove pancreatic cancer is a long and difficult surgery. Researchers are investigating laparoscopic surgeries to remove the tumors. This would result in a quicker patient recovery time. Targeted therapies are those that attack only specific sites on cancer tumors. These therapies tend to have fewer side effects than traditional chemotherapy. Immune therapy is another type of therapy. Immunotherapy boosts a patient’s immune system to better enable them to fight off the cancer cells.