Are you at risk for pancreatic cancer?

The standard of success in life isn’t the things. It isn’t the money or the stuff — it is absolutely the amount of joy you feel.
— Abraham

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers there is. The problem with this type of cancer is that it’s very hard to detect, and most people don’t know they have it until it’s too late. Some of the early signs are…

  • Abdominal/Back pain ( some complain of a pain in their side)
  • Nausea
  • Jaundice
  • Pale stools
  • Weight Loss

Studies indicate that genetics play a role in whether or not you are likely to develop pancreatic cancer, but lifestyle habits are equally important. According to a recent Dr. Oz show, alcohol and soda consumption can be very deadly. Check the videos for pancreatic cancer out on Dr. Oz’s website.

This is a paragraph I copied from Dr. OZ…

One important preventable risk factor for pancreatic cancer is soda and alcohol consumption. Several studies have connected pancreatic cancer with increasing soda consumption. One study looked at soda consumption and pancreatic cancer risk in over 60,000 subjects and found that individuals consuming two or more sodas a week had a higher risk for pancreatic cancer compared to those who didn’t drink soda. With regard to alcohol, an analysis from the Cancer Prevention Study found that those who drank more than three or more drinks per day had a high risk of dying from pancreatic cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends no more than one alcoholic drink per day for women and two drinks for men.

no alcohol

I have personally given up alcohol and my life couldn’t be more amazing. I love feeling good in the morning instead of hung over and depressed. I used to suffer from 3 day hangovers! It was awful. I would try to feel better by drinking soda, and eating processed foods. I’m so grateful, I love living my life sober. I feel so free. I’m more myself now then Ive ever been.

Here is another piece of information I found from the American Cancer Society…

Among people who never smoked, those who drank 3 or more drinks of hard liquor daily had a 36% higher risk of dying from pancreatic cancer than nondrinkers. Those who drank only beer or wine did not have a higher risk. The researchers did not asses the risk in people who drank more than one kind of alcohol.

Heavy drinking was associated with an increased risk for smokers, too, though the effect was smaller because smokers already have a higher risk of dying from pancreatic cancer.

And another from the NY Times…

There is a link between alcohol and pancreatic cancer, although results from some of the large studies have been confusing. People who have been long-term heavy drinkers may develop pancreatitis, an inflammatory condition of the pancreas that can result from alcohol and other causes. Over long periods of time, it is thought that ongoing chronic inflammation in the pancreas can predispose to the development of pancreatic cancer. Sometimes, these cancers can be especially hard to diagnose because of the underlying changes in the pancreas.

Stay tuned for more info on my top risks for cancer.


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