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Transpennine Walk – 22nd/23rd June Pancreatic Cancer Awareness


This is a quick update on the walk I am undertaking in June with the group, “Small Steps, Big Breaths”. As mentioned last month, I am raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. But it’s not just about raising money: we are also undertaking this walk to raise awareness for Pancreatic Cancer. My friend, Patti, lost her husband to this disease and other friends and neighbours have had similar losses. A petition has been started to encourage the Government to provide more funding and awareness of pancreatic cancer in order to aid long overdue progress in earlier detection and, ultimately, improved survival rates. Please sign the epetition http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/48389 and pass the link on to your friends.


Pancreatic cancer is the fifth leading cause of UK cancer death with the worst survival rate of all cancers, yet it receives only about 1% of research spend. The five-year survival rate of 3% hasn’t improved in over 40 years, whilst survival rates for other cancers have e.g. bowel, current 54%/1971 22%; breast, current 84%/1971 56%; prostate, current 81%/1971 31%. Pancreatic cancer lags behind. More funding and increased public awareness is vital so that progress can be made in earlier detection and, ultimately, better survival rates. Often termed the “silent killer”, many of pancreatic cancer’s symptoms mirror other less critical illnesses. Sometimes GPs may not recognise these early enough, looking first at other possible causes and resulting in lost time before diagnosis. By this time, in many cases, the prognosis is terminal.


Another 40 years can’t pass without change. The requirement is for significantly increased research funding and inclusion in the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative (NAEDI) Public Symptoms Awareness Campaign.


If you would like to sponsor Patti, her just giving page is https://www.justgiving.com/Patti-Vincent.


You may be aware that on the Addenbrooke’s site, there is the Cambridge Pancreatic Cancer Centre (CPCC), which has been set up with the aim of being a centre of multi-disciplinary excellence for the translation of pancreatic cancer research. Their focus is on world class trials of therapies showing effectiveness in research models. They aim to attract patients seeking cutting-edge treatment opportunities.


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