Pancreatic Cancer Risk

On today’s Dr. Oz Show, we learn about the biggest cancer risks and what you can do about them. In this segment, Dr. Oz talks about pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic Cancer & Vitamin K

Pancreatic cancer is deadly because it incredibly difficult to find, and nearly impossible to treat.

Warning Signs of Pancreatic Cancer

The warning signs of pancreatic cancer include:

  • Abdominal and Back Pain
  • Jaundice
  • Pale Colored Stool
  • Weight Loss
  • Nausea

Pancreatic Cancer Kills 37,000 Americans Every Year

Pancreatic cancer is hard to find because the pancreas is hidden by other organs. Of the 44,000 diagnosed this year, 37,000 of them will die. Both Steve Jobs and Patrick Swayze died because of this type of cancer. THe reason is because it is often not found until very late in the game, making treatment difficult. However, recent research indicates this type of cancer is slow to grow and develop, meaning early detection can save lives.

Drinking Soda Increases Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Dr. Sarah Thayer, Director of Pancreatic Cancer Research at Massachusetts General Hospital comes to the show to talk about the things that increase your risk for developing pancreatic cancer. She says drinking just two sodas a week can increase your chances of developing pancreatic cancer by 87%. If you drink soda more frequently than that, the risk goes up even more.

Sugar Content in Two Cans of Soda

Dr. Oz shows how the pancreas works to release insulin into the body, and then adds 78 grams of sugar (the amount found in two cans) to the mix. The pancreas cannot handle this influx, and goes into overdrive. He recommends cutting your soda intake to one per week, and to save it for special occasions. He cautions against drinking more than one alcoholic beverage per day, because increased alcohol consumption can also increase your risk for developing pancreatic cancer.

Gum Disease & Pancreatic Cancer

Recent studies show the bacteria that cause gum disease can also increase your risk of pancreatic cancer. Look for signs of gum disease such as swollen or bleeding gums. Visit your dentist to address the issues and work to prevent it by brushing and flossing twice a day, with regular cleanings twice a year.

Pancreatic Cancer & Type 2 Diabetes

People who have Type 2 Diabetes are also at an increased risk for developing pancreatic cancer because of the relation of insulin. Dr. Thayer says increasing your vitamin K intake can help reduce your risk of diabetes by 50%, which also reduces your risk of developing the pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic Cancer Family History

Family history is also a risk factor. If you have had two or more family members suffer from pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer, or breast cancer, you are automatically at a higher risk.

Does Baby Aspirin PreventPancreatic Cancer?

Taking a 81mg dose of baby aspirin at least once a month has been shown as an effective way to combat against pancreatic cancer.

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