Pancreatic Cancer Aware for the general public
Decades of under-funding in pancreatic cancer research means that there are no curative treatments for pancreatic cancer on the horizon. While no early detection test exists, the key to improving survival rates is getting more patients diagnosed early by getting them to recognise the disease and its symptoms.
The pancreaticcanceraware.org site simply focuses on raising awareness of pancreatic cancer. It includes:
- What is pancreatic cancer?
- The signs and symptoms
- The risk factors
- Pancreatic cancer quiz
- Symptoms song and animation
- Real life stories
- What to do if you are concerned
- Healthcare profession section (see below)
Click here to visit pancreaticcanceraware.org
Pancreatic Cancer Aware for Healthcare professionals
We know that primary care professionals play a vital role in spotting potential symptoms of pancreatic cancer to aid early diagnosis, which can significantly improve a patient’s chance of surviving the disease.
However, at Pancreatic Cancer Action, we understand that diagnosis is not always easy. This is why we have developed a section on our pancreaticcanceraware.org website which is specifically for healthcare professionals.
The section includes information on spotting key signs, symptoms and risk factors of pancreatic cancer, online training and resources including a diagnostic guide for GPs.
Awareness is needed…
There is a chronic lack of awareness of pancreatic cancer among the public and healthcare professionals:
- According to a public awareness survey carried out by Research Now in February 2017, which was commissioned by us, just 6% of the UK public say they know a lot about pancreatic cancer and its symptoms.
- A mere 3% of GPs admitted to feeling confident and informed about pancreatic cancer and its symptoms. This was according to a survey of 400 GPs carried out by Research Now in October 2015.
To visit the healthcare professional site click here.