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Does cigarette smoking raise my risk for pancreatic cancer?

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Yes, but it's the one risk factor you can control. People who smoke are about twice as likely as nonsmokers to get pancreatic cancer.

Fortunately, the reverse is also true. After you quit, the risk for pancreatic cancer steadily falls. After 10 to 15 years it will be the same as a nonsmoker's.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Pancreatic Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Pancreatic Cancer."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 26, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Pancreatic Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Pancreatic Cancer."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 26, 2018

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