WORLD PANCREATIC CANCER DAY GIVES HOPE THAT SURVIVAL RATE CAN BE IMPROVED

Nov 17, 2016

By Jane Brown

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It’s a global initiative to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer and create hope for those fighting the deadly disease.

Today is World Pancreatic Cancer Day. The disease remains the only major cancer with a five year survival rate in the single digits. Among those five year survivors is our own Libby Znaimer, who has a special show planned today here on Zoomer Radio.

Pancreatic Cancer Canada Executive Director Michelle Capobianco and surgeon Doctor George Zogopolous of the McGill University Health Centre join Libby on Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer today after the noon news.

World Pancreatic Cancer Day organizers are encouraging people to raise awareness and show that we are #InItTogether by doing the following on Nov. 17:

Wear purple
On social media channels, post photos with friends, family and colleagues supporting the day using the hashtags #WPCD and #InItTogether
Connect with local pancreatic cancer advocacy organizations to be more involved

According to a global survey, almost 60 percent of people know “almost nothing” about pancreatic cancer. Advocates hope greater awareness will lead to the following:

Improve public awareness about the disease and its symptoms
Increase enrollment in clinical trials to improve treatment options
Stimulate education and knowledge-sharing in the medical community
Encourage legislative action and support that could translate into increased research funding

Global awareness will be increased by people joining the World Pancreatic Cancer Day campaign through social media and local activities.

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