Risk factors are things that increase the chances of developing cancer.
There are some known risk factors that can increase the chance of pancreatic cancer developing. Having a risk factor does not automatically mean that you will develop pancreatic cancer, but they do increase the likelihood of it happening.
Knowing your risk factors and talking about them with your doctor may help you make more informed lifestyle and health care choices.
Some risk factors are environmental and within your control which is why it is important to understand what they are.