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yes... was posted 03/31/2012 10:46 pm by Anonymous
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Of course. I think you guys are still missing the point.

If your genes are shot, and someone else has good genes.... who is the one that shouldn't smoke? Obvious eh? But we never know where our mix of genes puts us.

So sure, optimize things if you can. Again, none of this is news to anyone who has read the paper for the last 20 years. Eat well, don't smoke or drink, exercise, avoid developing diabetes if you can and you will help decrease your chance of several different cancers.

SURE these are good things. But if you have good genes, you can probably do these things and get away with it. And the LAST THING we need to do is to start feeling guilty if we drank a glass of wine, or smoked for a few years..... because doing these things does not definitively cause pancreatic cancer in everyone! They are only risk factors.

I think we are on the same page, but I sense you are defensive....

Of course do what's best for you. BUT DON'T THINK THAT IS WHAT WILL SAVE YOU. Sorry to be so blunt..... but GENES ARE KING. People on this board do not understand statistics. They hear smoking is a risk factor for pancreatic cancer. 'But I didn't smoke?!?!?!' they say. This is what I am trying to explain. These are just small measurable contributors, that don't rule in or rule out what is going to happen to you.

Yes of course environment can affect the rates of mutations of course.

Let me put it this way. My mom died of PC. She didn't smoke, drink, have diabetes, pancreatitis or ANY risk factor listed for PC. Her sister drank, smoked... and of course she never got PC.... but she actively BLAMES my mom for getting PC... 'it must have been that artificial sweetener that she used in her morning coffee for the last few years...... it must have been that occasional donut she had for breakfast on the weekends.....' It must be HER FAULT. Because my aunt is selfish and self-centered and thinks she is perfect and everyone gets what they deserve. A lot of people think as she does...... but not because they are as selfish as she is.... but because they are afraid. They want to understand WHY. Why you? Why not me?

And I want to tell my Aunt...... It COULD have been you! It COULD be me, next..... our genes likely put us both at risk. So quit smoking and drinking, because those are the only things you can control!!! And what does she say.... 'Everything in moderation is fine....' And deep down, she knows I'm right. If she's going to get it, she's going to get it and to her quitting smoking/drinking which will only have a small affect on this probability is not worth changing her current quality of life.

To each his own.

Sorry. Am I obnoxious? I know I am not saying this as clearly as I should be. I just get so frustrated when people say things on this board that are wrong........ 'My husband got PC while on metformin... so metformin can't be protective against PC....' NOTHING is black or white. Everything is probabilities.... weighing the odds

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