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Being Male
More men than women are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
 
Being African American
African Americans are more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than Asians, Hispanics, or Caucasians.
 
Having a Family History of Pancreatic, Colon, or Ovarian Cancer
The risk of developing pancreatic cancer triples if a person's mother, father, sister, or brother has had the disease. A family history of colon or ovarian cancer will also increase a person's risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
 
Having Certain Hereditary Conditions
Certain hereditary conditions can increase a person's risk of developing pancreatic cancer. These hereditary conditions include:
 
 
Having Chronic Pancreatitis
Chronic pancreatitis is a painful condition of the pancreas that may increase a person's risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
 

Other Possible Risk Factors

Other studies suggest that exposure to certain chemicals in the workplace or a diet high in fat may increase a person's chances of developing pancreatic cancer.
 

Final Thoughts on Pancreatic Cancer Causes

Research scientists continue to search for the cause of pancreatic cancer. People who think that they may be at risk of developing pancreatic cancer should discuss this concern with their doctor.
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