Risk Factors for Pancreas Cancer

A closer look at the pancreas located deep in the abdomen, between the stomach and the spine.

Pancreatic cancer is called a silent killer because it often grows or spreads undetected. Few cancers are diagnosed at an early stage and about 80 percent of pancreatic cancers are caught at a late stage.

Some factors may increase your risk for developing pancreas cancer. These include:

Researchers continue to study other factors’ impact on the disease, such as high-fat diets and genetic susceptibility.