How does pancreatitis increase my risk of pancreatic cancer?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Pancreatitis is a chronic inflammation of the pancreas and a known risk factor for pancreatic cancer. Studies suggest having chronic or recurrent bouts of pancreatitis, which fills your pancreas with inflammatory chemicals, can up your risk for pancreatic cancer. The increased risk is however relatively small.

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Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. People diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis have an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Chronic pancreatitis is a condition that can strike people of any age. It is typically diagnosed in people who are 35-45 years old. It can be due to a number of factors including hereditary (genetic) pancreatitis, malformation of pancreas ducts, trauma to pancreas, or excessive alcohol abuse for many years.

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