World Pancreatic Cancer Day
World Pancreatic Cancer Day is an initiative of the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition. It is a day that unites the world’s population in the fight against pancreatic 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.
This year’s date is: 18th November 2021
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 8%, 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.