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.