Cancer is majorly caused by gene mutations (changes in DNA) that turn off tumor suppressor genes or activate oncogenes.
1. Inherited mutations in the genes
Some people may inherit genes change from their parents and this may increase their risk of pancreatic cancer. Such gene changes may be part of the syndrome of an increased risk of other health complications as well.
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2. Acquired genes mutations
A greater percentage of pancreas cancer-related gene mutations takes place after birth and therefore not inherited. Sometimes, these gene mutations occur when you are exposed to cancer-causing chemicals such as those found in tobacco smoke. However, the main cause of these changes is unknown. Most gene changes are possible random events that sometimes occur in the cell, without any external cause.
The second way to answer this question is to know the risk factors for pancreatic cancer. The most common risk factors are:
- Smoking: This preventable cause doubles the risk of pancreatic cancer
- Age: The risk of getting the disease increases with age more than 80 percent of cases develops between 60 and 80 years.
- Gender: It is more common in men.