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People with a family history of pancreatic cancer should particularly avoid smoking as they risk having their smoking trigger the development of the cancer. Thus, it has been observed that smokers with a family history of pancreatic cancer have been found to develop the cancer at an earlier age. 5-10% of all pancreatic cancers are hereditary. About 32,000 people develop pancreatic cancer each year in the US with about 4% surviving 5 years after diagnosis. The cancer is often not diagnosed until it has spread to other body parts because there is no effective screening available.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Pak Tribune
About: Smoking increases the risk of development of hereditary pancreatic cancer
Date: 9 January 2005
Source: Pak Tribune
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