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Anyone can get pancreatic cancer. It's not always clear what causes it.

You might be more likely to get it if you:

  • are over the age of 75, it is not very common in people under 40
  • have certain medical conditions, such as long-term chronic pancreatitis
  • there is a history of pancreatic cancer in your family

Many pancreatic cancers are also linked to your lifestyle.

You cannot always prevent pancreatic cancer. But making healthy changes can lower your chances of getting it.


  • try to lose weight if you are overweight

  • cut down on how much red and processed meat (such as ham, bacon and salami) you eat

  • try to cut down on alcohol – avoid drinking more than 14 units a week

  • try to quit smoking


It's important to get any symptoms of pancreatic cancer checked by a GP.

Anyone can get pancreatic cancer, even if you do not think you have a higher chance of getting it.