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Etiology of pancreatic cancer

In most cases, the cause of pancreatic cancer is unknown.

Risk factors

  • Smoking is the only generally accepted exogenous risk factor of significance. 
  • There is a correlation between long-term chronic pancreatitis and development of pancreatic cancer.
  • Genetic predisposition where there are multiple cases in a family/siblings has occured, but is rare. 

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