November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month.
Many do not know this as it is seldom well publicized. It should be. Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths and is projected to be the second leading cause by 2020.
More are diagnosed with breast cancer than pancreatic cancer, but more die of pancreatic cancer. Seventy-four percent diagnosed with pancreatic cancer die within the first month of diagnosis, and only nine percent survive five years. This is unacceptable as pancreatic cancer is on the rise.
Everyone needs to educate themselves about the vague symptoms of this disease – sudden weight loss, sudden onset of diabetes, radiating back pain, pale stools, family history of the disease, history of pancreatitis and last, but not least jaundice.
Please help in the fight against pancreatic cancer by contacting your legislators and asking them to continue to make cancer research a national priority.
Help bring awareness to this insidious disease that has never had the attention it needs. Don’t say, but I don’t know anyone in my family and friends that have or have had pancreatic cancer because at one time neither did I.