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Pancreatic Cancer

The Continuous Update Project (CUP) 2012 report found that evidence shows carrying excess body fat and abdominal fat is a cause of pancreatic cancer.

The AICR/WCRF CUP analyzed all the relevant global research relating to food, nutrition and physical activity and pancreatic cancer risk.

This is one of the reasons AICR recommends being as lean as possible within the healthy weight range.

How Preventable is Pancreatic Cancer?

AICR/WCRF estimates that being lean can prevent 19 percent of pancreatic cancer cases that occur in the United States every year – or roughly 1 out of every 5.

That’s equivalent to 25 cases a day and approximately 9,300 cases every year that never have to happen, in the United States alone.

Note: Tobacco use is the number one risk factor for pancreatic cancer.

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Download the AICR Fact Sheet (PDF)
Preventing Pancreatic Cancer

Read the full CUP Pancreatic Cancer summary report (PDF)


What the Panel’s Judgments Mean

strong, consistent and unlikely to change in the future

compelling but not quite strong or consistent enough to be "convincing"

Limited Evidence – Suggestive
too limited for a grade of "probable", but a general consistency in the data

Limited Evidence – No Conclusion
too inconsistent or insufficient for a definitive grade

Substantial Effect on Risk Unlikely
enough evidence to rule out a connection

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