Smoking poses various health risks and could open the door for other ailments to fester and eventually affect the body. Research has found that more than one in five cases of pancreatic cancer has their root in smoking. Incidence was 24 percent in men and 7.2 percent in women. It therefore follows that quitting smoking drastically reduces your chances of developing pancreatic cancer and lung cancer as well.
Pancreatic cancer usually appears at a more advanced age and carries a five-year survival rate of less than ten percent. With these figures, the best bet at keeping it in check is by attempting to prevent it.
- An estimated 21.7 percent of future pancreatic cancer diagnoses in Australia will emanate from smoking, whether recent or current. Lung cancer estimates stand at 53.7 percent and 3.9 percent for colorectal cancer.
- The sooner a smoker quits the better the odds become because the risk of developing pancreatic cancer lingers for 15 years after smoking cessation. This is a very long time to be worried about developing a deadly cancer from something that doesn’t quite add value to your body. The study didn’t find any link between body mass index or alcohol and pancreatic cancer.
- Pancreatic cancer symptoms include fatigue, late-onset diabetes, jaundice, upper abdominal pain that moves to the back, nausea, weight loss and blood clots. These symptoms may be mistaken for something else and they tend to appear after the cancer has been present for a while and may even have already spread.
Pancreatic cancer is the fifth-leading cause of death in Australian and New Zealand women and the fourth-leading cause for men. The numbers are glaring, especially because there are few studies that have made this connection between smoking and pancreatic cancer. Diagnosis and treatment for pancreatic cancer is still difficult to attain and prevention might truly be the better option for now.