National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Henrietta Strickland
November 16, 2017

Penshaw Monument is to be lit up in purple to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer month.

The goal of #WPCD is to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer and create hope for those fighting this deadly disease.

The five-year survival rate is 8% compared with prostate and breast cancer, which have a five-year survival rate of more than 90%, foundation chairman Alan McArthur said.

Other landmarks around the world have taken part, including Blackpool Tower and Edinburgh Castle.

People around the world on Thursday - which is Pancreatic Cancer Day - united to demand better in the fight against what is known as the world's toughest cancer.

Pancreatic cancer is the deadliest major cancer, with a five-year survival rate in the single digits (8 percent), and there is no early detection method.

"The next 10 years is looking really bright for pancreatic cancer research, compared to the last 10", she said. "More awareness like this is needed".

"As we expand our global movement to end pancreatic cancer, we are demanding better for pancreatic cancer patients now and in the future", explained Fleshman. "And the third one which is a big drawback with pancreatic cancer is even if you have stage one pancreatic cancer where the lesion is less than one centimeter, the outcome is just as bad".

Symptoms can vary but the main signs are depression, fatigue, mid-back and upper abdominal pain and weight loss.

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