Causes of pancreatic cancer
Who is more likely to get pancreatic cancer
Anyone can get pancreatic cancer. It's not always clear what causes it.
You might be more likely to get it if you:
- are over the age of 65 – it's not very common in people under 40
- have certain medical conditions, such as chronic pancreatitis
- there's a history of pancreatic cancer in your family
Many pancreatic cancers are also linked to your lifestyle.
How to lower your risk of pancreatic cancer
You cannot always prevent pancreatic cancer. But making healthy changes can lower your chances of getting it.
It's important to get any symptoms of pancreatic cancer checked by a GP, even if you do not think you have a higher chance of getting it.
Anyone can get pancreatic cancer.
Page last reviewed: 9 June 2023
Next review due: 9 June 2026