Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month: November

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month is in its tenth year!  Back in 2011, the 5-year pancreatic cancer survival rate was just 3%. Fast forward to 2021 and that statistic has increased to nearly 8%. Proving awareness-raising works.

We want to take this opportunity to thank each and every single one of our fantastic supporters who have backed Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. You are a contributing factor to those increased survival rates because of your passion, creativity and determination. In 2020 we set ourselves a ten-year goal.

By 2030 we would like to see the UK 5 year survival rate increasing to 13%.

We know from our fantastic fundraisers and their ability to turn their activities virtual the fantastic support from all our corporate partners and our volunteers across the whole of the UK. We can achieve this.

Why your support is needed

Pancreatic cancer is the UK’s 5th cause of cancer death. With barely any improvements to pancreatic cancer survival rates in the last 50 years, it is clear that there can be no progress without change , and we need your help.  Pancreatic cancer can affect anyone, but outcomes from the disease vary according to socioeconomic background, ethnicity and age. 

  • Over 9,000  people die of the disease annually across the UK, often within weeks of  diagnosis. 
  • 5-year survival is under 8%  , and  UK survival  lags behind  other high-income countries. 
  • Public awareness levels across the UK are low:  52% of people know ‘almost nothing’ about the disease  , and 76%  can’t  name a single symptom. 

While these stats paint a bleak picture of the disease, pancreatic cancer can be survived with early diagnosis. 

For those diagnosed in time for potentially life-saving surgery, 5-year survival increases to around 30%. This presents an opportunity for intervention where people can be diagnosed earlier and live longer with a better quality of life.  

There  is still much more that can be done- the need to improve pancreatic cancer diagnosis and outcomes is urgent.  

Support us for this years Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. 

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