On November 16, 2017, people around the world will unite to Demand Better in the fight against the world’s toughest cancer. The World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition has brought together more than 60 organizations from 27 countries and six continents to raise awareness and inspire action on World Pancreatic Cancer Day. Through this combined effort, we are bringing greater attention, awareness, and better outcomes to this deadly disease.
We are proud to join the efforts of so many organizations and help spread awareness about pancreatic cancer and we are doing so by passing on the message of Joan Kelly, Cancer Support Manager at the Irish Cancer Society:
Days like World Pancreatic Cancer Day are important as they shine a light on the difficulties people with this disease face, and what we can all do to ensure more lives are saved.
This year, World Pancreatic Cancer Day is particularly poignant here as we learn this week that former Ireland international soccer star Liam Miller has been diagnosed with the disease. We wish him the very best in his treatment.
Sadly, Liam is one of more than 500 people in the country that will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year. A large proportion of these people, however, are diagnosed too late for treatment to be effective.
Early detection saves lives. But tumors in less accessible sites like the pancreas mean that patients often present to an emergency setting with a medical concern, after which the diagnosis of cancer is made.
Pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest 10-year survival rates of all cancers with less than 8 in every 100 people surviving 10 years or more. Most patients present at advanced stages of the disease, meaning that curative treatment is often very difficult and there is a huge need for identification of improved diagnosis and treatments.
While fantastic work is being done in the national centres for treating this cancer, St. Vincent’s and in Cork University Hospital in terms of treatment advancements, it is vital that we also focus on early detection and research, and work towards bringing the numbers being diagnosed at Stage IV down, and those survival rates up.
Taking action, being part of something like this it is a great thing and would only bring us closer in finding ways to better deal with how cancer is affecting us or the ones around us.
On a personal note, pancreatic cancer it very close to me.
I have lost my uncle only two years ago to this form of cancer.
He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after a simple routine checkup he had delayed for almost two years.
He felt great. He had no need to go and get any tests done. It was one of those things we all take for granted.
Then he got a cold that wouldn’t go.
6 weeks later he passed away and it was so fast that i have never got the chance to fly home to say goodbye in time and this will be something i will never be able to do.
Maybe if diagnosed in early stages i would have had the chance to spend more time, to make the most of the time left and even say good bye. If only would have been diagnosed earlier.
All it takes is an hour of our life 2 times a year. Two hours that we could easily waste watching an episode of some random TV series or a a match. An hour that makes a difference on how we would live and feel for the rest of our lives.
Spread the word and take the time to go for a simple doctor appointment. It make a difference.