If you are less than 50-years-old but have excess body weight, then you are more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, a new study has warned.
The findings indicate that excess weight could increase risk of death from pancreatic cancer more than previously believed, said lead author Eric J. Jacobs from the American Cancer Society in Atlanta.
"Pancreatic cancer rates have been steadily increasing since the early 2000s. We've been puzzled by that increase because smoking -- a major risk factor for pancreatic cancer -- is declining," Jacobs said.
According to the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database, pancreatic cancer is an extremely deadly type of cancer, with a five-year survival rate of just 8.5 per cent.
For the study, presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2019 from March 29 to April 3, the team examined data from 963,317 US adults with no history of cancer.