Actor Patrick Swayze a 60-a-day smoker for years dies of pancreatic cancer..

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September 15, 2009 -  Patrick Swayze died on Monday, September 14, 2009 at the age of 57 from pancreatic cancer. Swayze died after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 20 months ago in March of 2008. The star of popular movies “Dirty Dancing,” “Ghost” and “Road House” was 57.

Swayze’s father, Jesse Wayne Swayze, also died at age 57, in 1982. Following the suicidal overdose of one of his sisters in 1994, Patrick began drinking heavily and he sought treatment for alcoholism.

Research suggests that up to one-third of all pancreatic cancer deaths are linked to tobacco use. Scientists suspect that carcinogens in tobacco smoke that travel to the pancreas through the bloodstream may be responsible for pancreatic cancer in smokers. People who use smokeless tobacco products face an increased risk of this type of cancer as well. Snus does not save lives: quitting the use of tobacco does!; Smokeless Tobacco Can Also Increase Cancer Risk..; Karolinska Institution finds twice risk of pancreatic cancer when using moist snuff (snus)..; Finland - proposal to ban tobacco display, total ban on SNUS...

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), pancreatic cancer is the 4th deadliest form of cancer in the United States today. Approximately 42,470 Americans (21,050 men and 21,420 women) will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2009, and 35,420 Americans (18,030 men and 17,210 women) will die of pancreatic cancer in 2009.

Biography for Patrick Swayze..

Reference: Patrick Swayze still smoking despite being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer by BARRY WIGMORE,, 3/14/2008;
Patrick Swayze Smoking
,, 9/14/2009; Patrick Swayze Succumbs to Pancreatic Cancerby Terry Martin,, 9/15/2009.