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Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Newsdate: 30 Octoer 2015

November is pancreatic cancer awareness month and, in support of raising awareness of this cancer, one of the WWL specialist nurses, Vicki Stevenson-Hornby, (Macmillan Hepato-pancreatico-biliary clinical Nurse Specialist) will be holding an awareness stand in the Grand Arcade Shopping Centre on Sunday 1st November 2015 followed by a stand in Wigan Infirmary for one week from Monday 2nd November 2015.

Vicki says: “The importance of raising awareness cannot be stressed enough - pancreatic cancer is the 5th biggest cancer killer in the UK and the incidences of it are rising. With no available screening programme for pancreatic cancer, it is vital that people are educated and made aware of the possible symptoms of this disease”.
 
For over 40 years, the statistics have remained the same. The percentage of people surviving for more than five years following a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is less than 4%. When comparing this figure with breast cancer which has a five year survival rate of 85%.
 
Half of all patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer are diagnosed as an emergency - this often means that the disease is at an advanced stage and prognosis can often be as little as six months.
 
By raising awareness of the symptoms of pancreatic cancer, there is the possibility of earlier diagnosis which can then lead to improved chances of survival.
 
Look out for buildings and well known landmarks throughout the country "turning it purple" during November in support of pancreatic cancer awareness month
 
You can find out more about the signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer by visiting the stand in the Grand Arcade or in Wigan Infirmary or by visiting www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk