Media doctor and practising GP, Dr Ellie Cannon, has joined forces with Pancreatic Cancer Action, to support their work to improve early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
Dr Ellie, who is best known for her columns in the Mail on Sunday and Best, and weekly appearance on Sky News, is the charity’s new GP ambassador. Her role will involve supporting the charity’s primary care education work.
“Pancreatic cancer is one of the only cancers that is increasing in incidence and mortality,” said Dr Ellie. “Most pancreatic cancer patients are diagnosed too late. I support Pancreatic Cancer Action’s aim to get more patients diagnosed early and in time for life-saving surgery.
“I hope to be able to use my ambassador role to help the charity spread their message and raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.”
Ali Stunt, chief executive of Pancreatic Cancer Action and rare survivor of pancreatic cancer said: “We’re delighted that Ellie has officially become our GP ambassador.”
Pancreatic Cancer is the UK’s fifth biggest cancer killer and 26 people die a day from the disease. The 5-year survival rate is just 5%, a figure which has barely changed in over 40 years.
Pancreatic Cancer Action are determined to get more patients diagnosed early and in time for life-saving surgery, by funding research into early diagnosis, educating medical professionals and raising awareness of signs and symptoms.
“Dr Ellie is passionate about our vision and will help inform our primary care awareness and education campaigns,” continues Ali. “She is also well known in the media and having the endorsement of high-profile figures such as Dr Ellie can help us increase this awareness and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank her for her support.”
“Every day we hear from people who have lost someone to this disease and it highlights how vital our work is. With Dr Ellie’s support, we will reach more people and ultimately get more awareness out there.”