Although experts do not know if Janumet causes pancreatic cancer, it has been identified as a possible risk based on 16 case reports of pancreatic cancer in people taking sitagliptin. Furthermore, the sitagliptin in Janumet has also been linked to a doubled risk of acute pancreatitis, which is a risk factor for pancreatic cancer.
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Janumet and Pancreatic Cancer
Janumet (sitagliptin / metformin) has been identified as a possible risk factor for pancreatic cancer. In 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked Amylin Pharmaceuticals to conduct a long-term safety study of sitagliptin and pancreatic cancer. Furthermore, in 2011, Gastroenterology published a study linking sitagliptin to 16 reports of pancreatic cancer. Janumet has also been linked to 88 cases of acute pancreatitis (pancreas inflammation), which is a risk factor for pancreatic cancer.
Does Janumet Cause Pancreatic Cancer?
It is unknown if Janumet causes pancreatic cancer. It is difficult for researchers to evaluate the risk of Janumet pancreatic cancer because Janumet has only been on the market since 2007, pancreatic cancer is very rare, and diabetes is also a risk factor for developing pancreatic cancer. When a Janumet patient develops pancreatic cancer, it may be hard for a doctor to determine whether Janumet caused pancreatic cancer or diabetes.
Pancreatic Cancer Causes
Cancer researchers do not know exactly what causes pancreatic cancer. The disease occurs when DNA mutates in cells in the pancreas, and the cell begins dividing and multiplying out of control. Initially, these cells form a mass called a tumor. In later stages of the disease, cancerous cells can spread in the bloodstream and invade other organs and tissues.
The following risk factors could potentially cause pancreatic cancer:
- Janumet: And other GLP-1 therapy medications that contain sitagliptin or target pancreas cells.
- Pancreatitis: Chronic inflammation in the pancreas
- Age: Pancreatic cancer rarely occurs in people less than 50 years old, and it is more likely to occur with age.
- Smoking cigarettes
- Liver problems: Cirrhosis of the liver
- Diet: Eating foods that are high in fat, fried foods, processed meats or smoked meats.
- Occupational exposure: Pesticides, dyes, and chemicals used in metal refining.
- Family history
- Genetic syndromes
- And more
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