Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month: November

We want to take this opportunity to thank each and every single one of our fantastic supporters who have, despite the current climate, made  Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month 2020 one of the most memorable to date!

Wes saw fundraisers turn their activities virtual, from raffles, quizzes and running challenges and had some fantastic support form all our corporate partners across the whole of the UK. Not only have our supporters raised a significant amount of funds this month, but you have raised so much awareness for pancreatic cancer – sharing our #PurpleHeart poster and information about the symptoms across social media.

Together we turned the month purple, and we are extremely proud and grateful for all your support! It is still not too late to make a donation towards our vital work to make the 2020’s the decade of change for pancreatic cancer – https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/turnitpurple

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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. 

  • 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, with early diagnosis, pancreatic cancer can be survived. For those diagnosed in time for potentially lifesaving 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.  

Pancreatic cancer can affect anyone, but outcomes from the disease vary according to socioeconomic background, ethnicity and age. 

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