Heavy drinking, smoking may cause early pancreatic cancer: Study
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Those who smoke and drink heavily may develop pancreatic cancer at an earlier age than those who don't, says a cancer specialist quoting a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
Talking about the study findings, Dr Jagdev Singh Sekhon, the cancer specialist & HoD at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, says, "Smoking is a strong risk factor for pancreatic cancer and alcohol has been shown to cause oxidative damage to the pancreas, which sets the stage for the inflammatory pathways that can lead to cancer. The findings only indicate these habits can lead to developing pancreatic cancer earlier in life."
He maintains that detecting pancreatic cancer early is difficult and contributes to the poor survival rate.
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