October 10th 2013 (http://www.xldrugstore.com) — Do you like extra cheese on your pizza? One more dollop of Ice cream is always very tempting? Beware. You are putting yourself in a big risk. Not just Cheese or ice cream but if you overeat high-calorie, high-fat food; your chances of getting pancreatic cancer become substantially higher.
Researchers recently carried out experiments on mice to find out the correlation between obesity and risk of pancreatic cancer. They fed some mice with high fat, high calorie diet. These obese mice later developed pancreatic scars which are the precursors of cancer. They also showed metabolic abnormalities and insulin resistance.
The lesions developed by mice were similar to those found in human beings. However, animal findings might not be supported when research is conducted on human beings. In the experiment, cause-effect relationship between obesity and pancreatic cancer was not established. Similarly, lesions take a long time to develop into cancer. Despite these contradictions, findings support that intake of low-fat, low-calorie diet can prevent pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest types of cancers with survival rate not more than 5%. Symptoms are not manifested when the disease is in primary stage. When patients begin to show symptoms, the cancer has already reached the advanced stage that it cannot be cured. Effective treatment is not available for pancreatic cancer. Hence, researchers are searching for preventive strategies instead.
So, next time, think twice before you ask for extra cheese. Don’t gorge on potato chips. Remember, high calorie, high fat food may or may not increase your chances of getting pancreatic cancer but intake of low fat, low calorie diet will reduce them for sure.
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Harry Kelly is a Medical Student and a freelancer who is specialized in writing. He is associate with many Pharmacies for whom he writes articles based on generic drugs and general health related issues.