Being overweight can increase your chances of pancreatic cancer

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A national study shows that you are at risk of pancreatic cancer if you are overweight.

According to the American Association for Cancer Research, being overweight before 50 years old can increase your chances of dying from pancreatic cancer. 

Pancreatic cancer develops in the cells of the pancreas and they help the body digest food and more. 

There are a lot of risk factors such as weight, smoking, alcohol and more. 

According to the website State of Obesity, North Dakota has the 13th highest adult obesity rate in the nation and the second highest for kids ages 10 to 17. 

Robert Reynolds, Medical Director at the Bismarck Cancer Center says this is an issue that needs to be addressed.

“Pancreatic Cancer is often times not found early because often times it doesn’t present with symptoms at all until it is in later stages. So unlike other cancers whee you might have symptoms, often times Pancreatic Cancer is quiet. If you have symptoms you will have nausea, vomiting, and bowel issues,” said Reynolds.

Although it is uncommon, ways to prevent it is to maintain a steady diet and exercise. 

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