Pancreatic cancer is very aggressive and has a very poor prognosis. The disease lacks diagnostic symptoms at early stages and is resistant to treatment. Recent progress has enabled scientists to define the morphological and primary genetic changes, but it’s still not clear which factors trigger the occurrence of pancreatic cancer. Risk factors like genetic susceptibility,diet, fever, age, gender diabetes, race, chronic pancreatitis, and physical inactivity are well known.
Researchers reported thatteenagers who are obese are more likely to develop pancreatic cancer in their adulthood. The odds for pancreatic cancer can quadruple because of obesity. As weight increases, so does the risk and it also affects more men in high to normal weight ranges. In overall, obesity increases a person’s risk for pancreatic cancer. The new finding linking adolescence obesity with the disease can impact the risk. This, though does not prove that having excess weight can cause pancreatic cancer, it’s only the association of the two that exists.
According to the research:
- It was discovered that obesity was linked with almost four times higher risk for cancer in men. Among the women, the risk was slightly above four times higher. The researchers attributed to approximately 11% of pancreatic cancer cases to teenage obesity and overweight.
- They also reported that weight gain in teenagers could increase inflammation which damages body cells and increases cancer risk.
- Studies are underway to determine whether the inflammatory process in obese cases isconnected with the inflammatory process in the malignancy. It remains a delicately balanced phenomenon for the researchers. The mechanism behind the inflammation is presumed to have grave consequences when it’s not balanced.
The scientists are yet to learn more about this discovery to understand clearly the connection between obesity and cancer.