We need 100,000 signatures by 14th November 2012
“It is a scandal that almost 97% of people diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer die within 5 years. 22 people per day die from Pancreatic cancer. Earlier, clearer diagnosis would reduce this.” – Ken Crawley
Ken Crawley has set up an online petition in order to get pancreatic cancer diagnosis debated in Parliament and needs 100,000 signatures by 14th November 2012 for this to happen.
Ken has written some information below explaining his motivation to do something about the poor survival rates for pancreatic cancer. Please sign the petition if you feel the same and forward this to anyone else you feel will be supportive or use any of our online and offline promotional material available here. Thank you.
Ken says… “Two years ago, I hadn’t even heard of Pancreatic cancer. Then a life-long friend lost his wife to the disease. More recently a dear friend told me that she lost her husband also to Pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is the 5th leading cause of cancer death in the UK. Pancreatic cancer has the worst survival rate of all cancers. 5-year survival is only 3%. This figure has not changed in over 40 years while deaths from many other cancers have declined.
Pancreatic cancer could be termed ‘The Hidden Killer’. Many of its symptoms mirror other less critical illnesses and therefore GPs often do not realise their significance. Symptoms can include jaundice and diabetes and GPs may first treat these resulting in time being lost before the correct diagnosis is reached. By this time it can be too late to treat the cancer. This happened with both of my friends.
I have decided to try and change this and I have set up an e-petition online at epetitions.direct.gov.uk/pe…
The aim is to have Pancreatic Cancer diagnosis debated in Parliament. To achieve this 100,000 signatures are needed. Nearly 300 signatures are needed each and every day to achieve this. The petition is available until 14 November 2012, which seems a long time but it will soon pass by. Pancreatic cancer diagnosis and treatment is a lottery. “
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