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Gazzetta Medica Italiana-Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2009 June;168(3):189-95

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Risk factors of pancreas cancer

Lucrezio L., Bassi M., Migliori M., Bastagli L., Gullo L.

Istituto di Medicina Interna Università di Bologna, Ospedale Sant’Orsola Bologna, Italia


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Of the various known risk factors of pancreas cancer, cigarette smoking is the most important. High dietary intake of fats and proteins increases the risk, whereas a diet rich in fruit and vegetables is thought to have a protective role. The role of coffee consumption remains controversial, although recent studies indicate that large amounts of coffee can increase the risk of cancer. A higher potential risk is associated with occupational exposure and with chronic pancreatitis. Genetic factors play a certain role in the etiopathogenesis of pancreas cancer, however, their relevance concerns a small number of patients.

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