Could the cancer that claimed Aretha Franklin come for you next?

Aretha Franklin has died, but the Queen of Soul’s music will continue to resonate, inspiring millions for generations to come.

But there’s another way she can inspire us all, as her death shines a spotlight on a killer disease that doesn’t get nearly enough attention.

And if anything good can come out of her passing, perhaps it’s that it could help some people avoid it.

We often say that someone died “too young,” and that’s definitely true in this case. At 76 years old, Franklin was positively youthful by today’s standards. Throw in her wealth and fame, and she should’ve had years -- maybe even decades -- left to share her gift.

But this disease had other ideas.

It usually does.

Pancreatic cancer can be treated if it’s caught early… but it rarely is. Usually, by the time it’s found, it’s far too late to do anything about it.

That means that the REAL key to beating it is avoiding it in the first place.

We may not know how or why this musical legend developed pancreatic cancer. Sometimes, your number just comes up.

But we do know that some of her very public battles with three chronic health problems certainly didn’t help – and if you’re locked in that same fight, call this your golden opportunity to act so you don’t share her fate.

First, there was her weight.

Like so many of us, she struggled to keep her waistline under control. And like so many Americans, she took the wrong approach to trying to lose weight, using crash diets and meal replacement drinks, according to CNN.

Those tricks rarely last for long, since you never really learn to eat well. So, the weight keeps coming back, and the risks come along for the ride.

Obesity can raise your risk of pancreatic cancer by 20 percent.

Second, like many people her age, she had a history of smoking.

We all know this bad habit can lead to lung cancer. But what many people don’t realize is that it’s also a risk factor for several other cancers, with up to 30 percent of all pancreatic cancers caused by smoking.

And third, she waged a battle with alcoholism, which can lead to problems with both the liver and pancreas, which can increase the risk of pancreatic cancer.

I know it’s easy to say old-fashioned “clean living” is the answer… and a whole lot harder to actually do it.

But it’s worth the effort.

It’ll not only help you to avoid the disease that claimed the Queen of Soul, but it can also prevent nearly every other major killer out there… giving you more time to enjoy the things you love, including the timeless music of Aretha Franklin.