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World Cancer Day 2021

Today is World Cancer Day, a day that people around the globe raise awareness of cancer and campaign for prevention, detection, and treatment.

World Cancer Day

Since Pancreatic Cancer Action was founded over 10 years ago, we have been on a mission to raise awareness of the disease amongst the public and healthcare professionals as well as support patients and their families throughout their cancer journey. We fund research, campaign, and provide free patient information so that everyone can get the support that they need 

This will be our first World Cancer Day as a merged charity with Pancreatic Cancer Scotland which means we are bigger and stronger than before. We are excited about what the future holds for us because we know that together we can make a big difference. 


We’ve come a long way, helped by a wide community of passionate supporters, and we have seen the survival rate change from 3% to almost 8% in the past 10 years. However, this is not enough and so much more needs to be done.

Looking to the future

In the next 10 years we hope to increase survival rates further, see the number of patients diagnosed through their GP increased, continue to fund research into the disease, increase public awareness and improve our patient information so it is accessible to everyone that needs it. 

Our mission is to improve survival rates of pancreatic cancer by ensuring more people are diagnosed early and that everyone has access to effective treatments, support, information and care. 

Ali hosting an Occupational Health talk
    Ali hosting our Occupational Health talk

We are looking forward to taking more ACTION to expand our activities and projects to: 

  • Reach more people than ever before through our awareness activities, highlighting the symptoms of pancreatic cancer, encouraging the public to learn more and contact their GP with new or unusual persistent symptoms.
  • Campaign and lobby the government and key stakeholders for change to advance the standard of healthcare for individuals affected by pancreatic cancers.
  • Engage and train healthcare professionals with our pioneering educational resources and tools, including online learning modules for GP’s and pharmacies. We aim to encourage uptake of the online learning modules to increase knowledge and confidence in recognising symptoms of pancreatic cancer, to aid earlier diagnosis and increase chances of survival.
  • Continue funding and supporting Innovative research to improve early diagnosis and develop effective treatments to improve pancreatic cancer outcomes. 
  • Offer the provision of practical and emotional support and information to all affected by pancreatic cancer, including expanding funding for further pancreatic cancer nursing posts in Scotland. 
  • Now – our action is needed more than ever before!

We could not do what we do without our incredible supporters who continue to inspire us with their energy, passion and enthusiasm in raising funds and awareness for pancreatic cancer.  

As proud members of a number of groups, networks and charity partnership forums we believe by working collaboratively, together we can all make a difference. We will continue to develop relationships with stakeholders ensure that there is support available throughout the country, as we listen to the needs of patients and families.

We look forward to continuing to make a real difference together and ensuring that the 2020’s is The Decade of Change for Pancreatic Cancer. 

Together, all our actions matter.

How you can help 

You can help take action on World Cancer Day by: 

  • Sharing our social posts to raise awareness of the disease 
  • Share our awareness materials (download them here) 
  • Spread the word about the symptoms of pancreatic cancer  
  • Donate so that we can continue our vital work.