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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Alarming lack of awareness surrounding the symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer revealed

Pancreatic cancer has one of the worst survival rates of any cancers, but research published today reveals 1 in 3 people in the UK are unlikely to visit a doctor if they experience one of its symptoms.

The study by Pancreatic Cancer Action says this is because 36% of people are unaware of what they are.

Pancreatic cancer is the fifth biggest cancer killer in the UK with an average life expectancy from diagnosis of only four to six months.

Cancer survival in the UK has more than doubled since the 1970s, but this is not the case for pancreatic cancer.

It remains at a standstill, with less than 1% of people living for ten years post diagnosis.

Pancreatic Cancer Action says a third of people have no idea of the function of their pancreas and their research shows the public are hesitant to seek medical advice if they experience symptoms such as: unexplained weight loss, jaundice, upper abdominal pain, lower back pain, fatigue, indigestion, low mood or depression, new onset diabetes, mid-back pain and pain on eating.

Today, on World Pancreatic Cancer Day, Pancreatic Cancer Action is launching a new campaign ‘Pancreatic Cancer Aware’ to pledge for greater awareness to ensure patients can be diagnosed in time for potentially life-saving treatments.

Ali Stunt is World Pancreatic Cancer Day Chair, and Founder and CEO of Pancreatic Cancer Action, and Ceridwen Maddock Jones is a survivor from Sutton.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:10 pm  

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