The second annual World Pancreatic Cancer Day on Friday, November 13, will unite advocates around the globe in their mission to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer. An estimated 926 people globally are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer every day. And, every day, an estimated 905 people globally will die from the disease.
Despite rising incidences, most people are unaware of pancreatic cancer’s deadly toll. A recent global survey found that 60% of people know “almost nothing” about the disease.
World Pancreatic Cancer Day’s goal is to bring much needed focus and attention to the disease, and especially the need for increased symptom awareness and greater investment into research. This worldwide initiative is being led by 56 patient advocacy organizations from around the world that are committed to tackling the fight against pancreatic cancer.
“Global awareness is the first step to action,” said Julie Fleshman, World Pancreatic Cancer Day Chair and CEO and President of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. “The more people who know about pancreatic cancer, the greater our opportunity to demand more research and develop better resources for those facing the disease.”
Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers, with just 2-10% of those diagnosed surviving five years. The reason why we need better diagnosis methods and treatment options is evident:
• Pancreatic cancer is the only major cancer with a five-year survival rate in the single digits.
• There is no early detection method. Nearly half (46%) of all Americans mistakenly believe there is a way to be screened for pancreatic cancer. In the United Kingdom, 71% of people cannot name a single symptom of pancreatic cancer.
• There are few effective treatment options.
• Pancreatic cancer affects men and women equally.
• Death rates for pancreatic cancer are increasing while the death rates for other cancers are declining.
But according to the organizations behind World Pancreatic Cancer Day, including The Woiner Foundation, it is within these dismal circumstances that hope shines brightest. The efforts on November 13 will not only raise awareness and facts about the disease, but also spread the word that with more research funding and more people taking action, the pancreatic cancer survival rate will improve, as has been the case for other cancers.
World Pancreatic Cancer Day encourages everyone “to see purple” on November 13 by wearing purple, lighting landmarks purple, using purple on social media channels, etc. In addition, supporters will:
• Tackle a series of social media challenges to help people understand the need to know about the disease
• Secure media attention around the globe
• Encourage people to connect with their local pancreatic cancer organization
World Pancreatic Cancer Day is powered by corporate sponsors Celgene, Baxalta, Lilly Oncology, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and NewLink Genetics Corporation. For more information about World Pancreatic Cancer Day, go to worldpancreaticcancerday.org.
About World Pancreatic Cancer Day
World Pancreatic Cancer Day is a day dedicated to raising global awareness of pancreatic cancer and takes place during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Driven by a committee of patient advocacy organizations from around the world, the day seeks to start an online conversation about the need for awareness to spur research and advocacy for pancreatic cancer.
If you are a pancreatic cancer patient or family member/caregiver with a connection to the disease, please share your voice in the fight against pancreatic cancer by completing the following survey.
This survey will assist Dr. A. James Moser and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Pancreatic Cancer Center to identify quality metrics in pancreatic surgery specifically from a patient’s perspective. This is a wonderful opportunity to make a significant contribution to the treatment of patients with pancreatic cancer.
We thank you in advance for you participation.
Download the survey: Pancreatic Surgery Quality Metrics
Please complete and return to:
Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer
PO BOX 2023
Lower Burrell, PA 15068
ATTN: Marla Wagner
The Woiner Foundation is proud to assist Dr. Moser, BIDMC and the AFFPC in distributing this important survey.
Receiving a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer can bring with it a whole host of reactions. It can be frightening and stressful for both the diagnosed and their loved ones. And you are not alone.
Our Clubhouse would like to invite you to its free Pancreatic Cancer Support Group, where fears, concerns, and hopes can be shared with others who intimately know what receiving and living with this diagnosis means.
The group meets the second Thursday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
2816 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Call 412.338.1919 or visit OurClubhouse.org for details.
This infographic below, created by the Lustgarten Foundation, presents quick facts about Pancreatic Cancer, risk factors, diagnosis and procedures. Please share it with your family and friends to help raise awareness!
Also from the Lustgarten Foundation: 5 Most Important Facts About Pancreatic Cancer