Byetta (exenatide) could potentially cause pancreatic cancer, but no one knows for sure. Recent studies have linked Byetta to as much as a 3-fold increased risk of pancreatic cancer. Furthermore, a known side effect of Byetta is pancreatitis, which is a known risk factor for developing pancreatic cancer.
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What is Pancreatic Cancer?
Pancreatic cancer occurs when cells begin dividing out of control in the pancreas, which is a digestive gland behind the stomach. The purpose of the pancreas is to produce metabolic hormones, such as insulin, and powerful digestive enzymes to break down food.
Cancer of the pancreas occurs when there are abnormal mutations in cellular DNA that causes normal cells to begin dividing out of control. DNA is a chemical inside every cell that contains instructions for when a cell can divide and grow. If something mutates the DNA, the cell can become cancerous.
Does Byetta Cause Pancreatic Cancer?
It is possible, but unknown whether Byetta could cause pancreatic cancer. The active drug in Byetta (exenatide) mimics the effect of a hormone called GLP-1, which stimulates the pancreas to secrete extra insulin. In some people, drugs that mimic GLP-1 can inflame the pancreas, causing pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is a known risk factor for pancreatic cancer.
Researchers have not proved a causal link between Byetta and pancreatic cancer. However, Byetta is associated with an increased risk of the disease. In July 2011, researchers at UCLA published a study in the journal Gastroenterology that linked Byetta to a nearly 3-fold increased risk of pancreatic cancer.
Risk Factors for Pancreatic Cancer
Researchers have identified the following risk factors for pancreatic cancer:
- Age (being over 65 years old)
- Being male (30% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer)
- Ancestry (African Americans are more likely to develop pancreatic cancer)
- Chronic pancreatitis
- Cigarette smoking
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Occupational exposure to toxic substances
- Family history
- Genetic diseases
- And more
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