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Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month!
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month is in its thirteenth year. We want there to be a 'Decade of Change' where pancreatic cancer survival rates have to improve in the next ten years. Back in 2011, the 5-year pancreatic cancer survival rate was just 3%. In 2021 that statistic had increased to nearly 8%. Proving awareness-raising with Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month works. Due to COVID-19, that level has dropped down to 7.3%, which highlights there is still work to be done!
We want to take this opportunity to thank each and every single one of our fantastic supporters who campaign, raise awareness, start new conversations and fundraise for us. It is your contribution that has led to those increased survival rates. But more must be done. Because of your passion, creativity and determination. In 2020 we set ourselves a ten-year goal.
To see the UK 5 year survival rate increase to 13% by 2030.
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 by Turning it Purple and raising awareness of the symptoms not just in Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month but across the year.
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.
Please support us this Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
Have a question? Get in touch TurnitPurple@panact.org