The Straits Times
Published on Sep 19, 2012

Smoking, drinking tied to earlier pancreatic cancer: Study


(REUTERS) - People who smoke or drink heavily may develop pancreatic cancer at an earlier age than those who avoid those habits, according to a United States study, but quitting both appears to help.

It's long been known that smoking is a risk factor for developing pancreatic cancer, a disease that is rarely caught early and has a grim prognosis.

Only about five of every 100 people diagnosed with the cancer remain alive five years later.

The evidence on heavy drinking has been more mixed, but some studies have suggested it's also a risk factor.