Pancreatic cancer risk factors are pre-existing medical conditions, lifestyle factors or recurring carcinogen exposures that can increase a person’s risk of developing the condition. While risk factors can help medical professionals identify individuals who should be particularly mindful of potential symptoms, they cannot predict with certainty whether a person will or will not develop pancreatic cancer. Because of this, Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, makes a special effort to discuss each patient’s unique risk profile with him or her, then make appropriate recommendations based on the patient’s personal lifestyle and medical history.
Pancreatic cancer risk factors include:
- Using tobacco products
- Frequently consuming red or processed meat
- Having a personal or family history of pancreatic cancer
- Having a personal or family history of pancreatic inflammation (pancreatitis)
- Having diabetes, Lynch syndrome or familial atypical mole-malignant melanoma (FAMMM)
- Carrying the BRCA2 gene mutation
- Being obese
At Moffitt, patients from Tampa can work with an oncologist who specializes in diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal malignancies to review their own likelihood of developing pancreatic cancer. Moffitt offers a comprehensive range of diagnostic tests, genetic screening services, treatments and supportive care options under one roof, making it simple for our patients to access the expert services that they deserve. And, as a recognized innovator in the field of pancreatic cancer research, we are continually expanding the range of options that we are able to provide. Our team is learning more about the risk factors for pancreatic tumors every day with the hope of one day being able to prevent the condition entirely.
To discuss your personal pancreatic cancer risk factors with one of Moffitt’s experienced oncologists, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online. Referrals are never required to schedule a visit. We welcome patients from Tampa, FL, and all other surrounding areas.