|Basic InformationMore InformationLatest News|HIV No Barrier to Getting Liver Transplant, Study FindsXofigo Approved for Prostate CancerTest Approved to Detect Faulty Lung Cancer GeneNew Drug May Help Immune System Fight CancerCancer Patients May Face Higher Bankruptcy OddsFDA Approves New Drug to Fight Advanced Prostate CancerMetformin Won't Aid Breast Cancer Survival in DiabeticsCreative Arts Therapies Up Mental Health for Cancer PatientsExperts Aim to Draw Attention to High Cancer Drug CostsCreative Arts May Help Cancer Patients CopeAgent Orange Tied to Lethal Prostate CancerScientists Discover More Genetic Clues to Testicular CancerSocializing May Ease Pain of Breast CancerGene Discovery May Offer Breakthrough for Rare LeukemiaRed Hair Pigment Might Raise Melanoma Risk: StudySkin Cancer Tx Mostly Surgical, Regardless of Life ExpectancyAATS: MnDCT Beats Chest X-Ray for Detecting Lung CancerProstate Cancer May Be Deadlier for the UninsuredSleep Woes Tied to Prostate Cancer Risk in StudyAUA: Incidence of Testicular Cancer Up Through 2009Study Links Timing of ER Visit to Prostate Cancer Survival OddsTesticular Cancer on Rise in U.S., Especially Among Hispanic MenUrologists' Group Issues Updated Guidelines on PSA TestAt-Home Drug Errors Common for Kids With Cancer, Research ShowsScientists Pinpoint Most Major Genes Behind Deadly Blood CancerImplants May Delay Breast Cancer Detection, Raise Death RiskComprehensive Analysis Supports SERMs for Cutting Breast CancerNovel System Proposed for Accountable Cancer CareWomen Smokers More Likely to Get Colon Cancer Than Men: StudyFor Some Seniors With Skin Cancer, Surgery Not Always Best ChoiceComprehensive Discussion With Docs Ups Cancer ScreeningHistory of Skin Cancer Linked to Secondary CancersIntegrated 2D, 3D Mammogram Improves Cancer DetectionSoaring Prices Keep Leukemia Drugs From Patients, Experts SayRace, Income Tied to Breast Cancer Treatment Delays, Reduced SurvivalObesity Tied to Risk of Prostate Cancer After Negative BiopsyNon-Melanoma Skin Cancers Tied to Risk for Other CancersObesity Linked to Prostate Cancer, Study FindsMammograms Can Measure How Breast Cancer Drug Is Working: StudyScientists Spot Cancer Metabolism ChangesMinorities Less Prone to Think They'll Get Cancer: StudyClinical Trials Helped One Woman's Fight Against CancerARRS: MASS Criteria, LDH Predict Survival in MelanomaScientists Create Breast Cancer Survival PredictorEndocrine Therapy Often Incomplete after Breast CancerEndometriosis Surgery Linked to Lower Ovarian Cancer RiskReview Suggests Breast Cancer Screens Should Be PersonalizedMenopause-Like Woes Hinder Breast Cancer Treatment: StudySmoking Raises Asbestos Workers' Cancer Risk, Study SaysGene May Boost Death Risk From Most Common Thyroid CancerLinksBook Reviews
Heavy Smokers, Drinkers May Face Pancreatic Cancer Earlier in Life
by -- Robert Preidt
Updated: Oct 5th 2012
FRIDAY, Oct. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Heavy smokers and drinkers may develop pancreatic cancer at an earlier age than other people, according to a new study.
The average age at which patients are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer is 72, according to the American Cancer Society.
But this study of more than 800 pancreatic cancer patients found that heavy smokers were diagnosed at about age 62 and heavy drinkers at age 61 -- a decade earlier than the average age at diagnosis.
Heavy smokers were defined as those who smoked more than one pack of cigarettes a day, and heavy drinkers were those who averaged three drinks per day.
The study also found that beer drinkers were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at an earlier age than those who drank other types of alcohol, such as wine or liquor. But when the researchers took the amount of alcohol consumed into account, the type of alcohol did not affect the age at diagnosis.
The good news was that the harmful effects of heavy smoking and drinking can be reversed. Ten years after giving up their unhealthy habits, former smokers and drinkers did not have an increased risk of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at an earlier age.
The study was published online Aug. 28 in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
The findings could help determine at what age screening for pancreatic cancer should begin, once widespread screening is available.
"As screening programs are developed, an understanding of how personal features influence the age of presentation will be important to optimize the timing of those screenings," lead study author and gastroenterologist Dr. Michelle Anderson, assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Health System, said in a UMHS news release.
Although the study found associations between heavy drinking, smoking and pancreatic cancer diagnosis at younger ages, it did not prove cause-and-effect relationships.
The American Cancer Society has more about pancreatic cancer.
This article: Copyright © 2012 HealthDay. All rights reserved.