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Hepatitis B not linked to pancreatic cancer risk

Published on 02/11/2009
Age is the main contributing factor to the development of pancreatic cancer, regardless of whether the patient has been infected with hepatitis B or not, according to a new study.

New data from Henry Ford Hospital in the US indicates that higher risk for those with previous exposure to the inflammatory liver condition cannot be confirmed.

Lead researcher gastroenterologist Jeffrey Tang said: "When other factors are considered – such as age, race, sex, HIV status and the presence of diabetes – only older age and presence of diabetes proved significant.

"Prior exposure to hepatitis B was no longer an important variable."

According to Cancer Research UK, cancer of the pancreas is the 11th most common type of the disease in the country, with over 7,600 people diagnosed in 2006.

Figures show that more than eight in ten cases of pancreatic cancer occur in people aged 60 and over.
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