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The exact cause of pancreatic cancer is unknown, but doctors have identified risk factors that include genetics and lifestyle. Though statistics suggest some correlations, it is not yet possible to say for certain what causes cancer of the pancreas, and people who fit the risk profile will not necessarily develop the condition.

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1. Age as a Risk Factor

Older age brings specific health challenges, sometimes including pancreatic cancer. Figures show the disease is relatively uncommon in people under 50. Over 80% of cases occur between the ages of 60 and 80. These statistics suggest that something in the aging processes increases the risk of developing the disease.

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