Friday, October 31, 2008

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month



Quick Facts About Pancreatic Cancer:

  • It is the 4th leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

  • It is the 3rd leading cause of cancer death among 40-59 year old men.

  • Approximately 37,170 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year in the United States.

  • Approximately 33,370 people will die of pancreatic cancer this year in the United States.

  • The number of Americans diagnosed each year of pancreatic cancer continues to rise.

  • For all stages of pancreatic cancer combined, the five year survival rate is only 5%; the lowest survival rate of all major cancers. The average life expectancy after diagnosis with metastatic disease is just 3-6 months.

  • 52% of pancreatic cancer patients are diagnosed with metastatic. Men are 20% more likely to develop cancer of the pancreas than women.

  • African Americans are 40-50% more likely to develop cancer of the pancreas than Caucasians.

  • Less than2% of the National Cancer Institutes was spent of Pancreatic Cancer Research.

It is time to take action against a disease that has been ignored for too long.

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
2141 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 7000
El Segundo, CA 90245
(877) 272-6226
(310) 725-0025
(310) 725-0029 Fax
information@pancan.org
http://www.pancan.org/
Materials available
Contact: Sue Kim


1 comment:

Michelle said...

Please visit http://pancan.org/raiseyourvoice/ on how you can support the cause by contacting elected officials for specific pancreatic cancer funding. Did you know pancreatic cancer research is where breast cancer research was in the 1930’s? Yet pancreatic cancer only receives 2% of the National Cancer Institute budget. We need help to change these statistics and pancreatic cancer’s 95% mortality rate. Thank you for your support!