World Pancreatic Cancer Day

What is World Pancreatic Cancer Day?

It is a day that unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.

Why is World Pancreatic Cancer Day Important?

Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which 4 million die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years). There are around 280,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer each year and it is the 7th biggest cancer killer (5th in the UK), yet so many people know nothing about it. But they can be forgiven for that because unfortunately, it barely gets attention.

This cancer is chronically underfunded and has languished in the ‘too-hard-to-deal-with’ category for far too long. This is reflected in the dire survival rates between 3 to 6%, which haven’t improved for almost 50 years.

More awareness and understanding about the illness among the public, medical community and government the resulting investment and interest in the disease will allow more people to be diagnosed in time for surgery – currently the only potential for a cure.

World Pancreatic Cancer Day is the ideal opportunity to spread the word and raise the profile of cancer in people’s minds and in the world’s media.

For more on World Pancreatic Cancer Day you can visit their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The World Pancreatic Cancer Day is organised by an International Steering Group made up of the following individuals and organisations:

Julie Fleshman

President and CEO, Pancreatic Cancer
Action Network (USA)

Ali Stunt

CEO, Pancreatic Cancer Action (UK)

Clara Mackay
Co-Chair, and Deputy Chief Executive, Pancreatic
Cancer UK (UK)

Stefanie Condon-Oldreive
Founder and CEO, Craig’s Cause Pancreatic
Cancer Society (Canada)

Laurie Ellies
Founder/Director, Pancreatic Cancer Canada (Canada)

Kate Elliott
Member, Craig’s Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society (Canada)

Francesco Florindi
Public Affairs Coordinator, European Cancer
Patient Coalition (Belgium)

Lisa Gilmour
Brand and Creative Officer, Pancreatic Cancer
Action Network (USA)

Arja Leppänen
Founder and International Coordinator, PALEMA (Sweden)

Mihaela Militaru
Director, European Cancer
Patient Coalition (Belgium)

The World Pancreatic Cancer Day Steering Group gives thanks to the following sponsors who have funded the project:

Lead Sponsor:

Celgene logo

Gold sponsor:


Silver sponsors:

Lilly Oncology

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

NewLink Genetics Corporation