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Guide to Preventing Pancreatic Cancer

How to Prevent Pancreatic Cancer Naturally


Are you looking for natural ways to reduce your risk of developing pancreatic cancer? From limiting foods that contain nitrates to eating more foods that contain vitamin D, there are plenty of natural preventive measures that may help protect against pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer has one of the highest fatality rates of all cancers, and it is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the US. According to estimates, over 40,000 American adults will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year, and around 35,000 people will die from this rapidly spreading cancer this year.

Pancreatic cancer attacks the tissues of the pancreas – a large gland organ located behind the stomach. Pancreas is responsible for secreting digestive enzymes as well as hormones that help regulate the metabolism of sugars. Under normal conditions, pancreatic cells grow, divide, and die in a controlled manner. Pancreatic cancer develops when pancreatic cells begin to grow out of control due to damaged DNA. Instead of dying, these cells outlive normal cells, invade adjacent tissues, and sometimes spread to other parts of the body via lymph or blood (process called metastasis). Pancreatic cancer cells form tumors, which in most cases are malignant.

Pancreatic cancer is frequently called a "silent killer" because it is often not diagnosed until it has reached an advanced stage. It usually causes no symptoms early on, and the later symptoms are usually vague and could correspond to many other diseases. Therefore, it is important to take a preventive approach if you are at an elevated risk of getting the disease (see risk factors for pancreatic cancer).

One way to reduce your risk of developing pancreatic cancer is to follow a healthy diet that is rich in anti-cancer nutrients. The purpose of this online guide is to inspire people to eat healthier and to provide information on how certain dietary habits, nutrients and foods may help prevent pancreatic cancer naturally. So delve into the diet resources below and get inspired!