Pancreatic cancer is a rare cancer with a low survival rate. Its well-known victims include Apple founder Steve Jobs, actors Patrick Swayze and Michael Landon, opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, composer Henry Mancini, and Nobel laureate Ralph Steinman.
Genetic Factors for Pancreatic Cancer – You May Want to Check Your DNA
Ashkenazi Jews (Jews of European origin) such as Ralph Steinman and Justice Ginsburg are more prone to the disease because of inherited mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 breast cancer genes in some families. The risk varies in different families and has been attributed to differences in vulnerability to the risk factors. If you want to check your heritage to see if you might be at an increased risk, check out www.ancestry.com to see what your DNA makeup is. Data from the Israeli Ministry of Health, released in February 2017, revealed that Ashkenazi Jews are four times more likely to develop the cancer than Sephardic Jews (Jews of African or Asian descent). Researchers have not discovered the reason for this distinction