Save the Date - November 17th is World Pancreatic Cancer Day!

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As part of the second annual World Pancreatic Cancer Day, Pancreatic Cancer Canada will unite with advocates around the globe to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.

On Friday, November 13 2015, we are asking Canadians to take action to help tackle this deadly disease.

Knowledge is one of our best tools in the fight against pancreatic cancer. By providing education about the disease and increasing awareness of its devastating impact, we hope to change the outlook for patients and families.

According to a worldwide survey, sixty percent of people know “almost NOTHING” about pancreatic cancer. It’s time to start the global conversation. This is one day we can come together to draw attention to pancreatic cancer and highlight the need for greater awareness, funding, and research. By standing in unison against this deadly disease, we hope to save lives and create a brighter future for people around the globe.


Facts You Need To Know:

Each day 926 people globally (13 Canadians) are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 905 people globally (12 Canadians) will die.

Despite being one of the most deadly forms of cancer, pancreatic cancer receives less than 2% of overall cancer research funding.

Early diagnosis is key: patients who are diagnosed in time for surgery have a much higher likelihood of surviving five years.

Pancreatic cancer is nearly always diagnosed too late and 80% patients have an average life expectancy of a mere 4-6 months.

The pancreas lies behind the stomach and in front of the spine. It works to help the body use and store energy from food by producing hormones to control blood sugar levels and digestive enzymes to break down food.

Studies show that death rates for pancreatic cancer are increasing while for most other cancers they are declining.

Pancreatic cancer is estimated to become the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related death in North America by 2020….unless we do something.

Fifty-five percent (55%) of pancreatic cancer cases were diagnosed in more developed countries in 2012. The highest incidence of pancreatic cancer was in North America and Europe; the lowest incidence was in Africa and Asia.

Symptoms – including abdominal or back pain, weight loss, jaundice, loss of appetite, nausea, changes in stool, and diabetes – are often subtle and are generally initially attributed to other less serious and more common conditions. Seventy-one percent of people (71%) are unable to name a symptom – can you?

The cause of the majority of pancreatic cancer cases is unknown. For the few known risk factors (e.g., familial history, smoking, obesity, age), more research is needed to understand their direct relationship to the disease. The known behavioral factors impact only a minority of pancreatic cancer cases.

Click here to connect the World Pancreatic Cancer Day (WPCD) website or watch the 2015 WPCD awareness Video

In order to achieve our ambition of raising awareness of pancreatic cancer on an international scale and establishing a strong foundation for the future - we are anxious to get as many people and organizations involved as possible.

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