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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Twickenham man tells of his loss on World Pancreatic Cancer Day

Pancreatic Cancer Action is calling for greater awareness among both GPs and the public.

More than half (58%) of GPs initially dismissed their patient's symptoms as nothing to worry about, with almost two thirds (63%) of patients doing the same when they had their first symptoms.

Nearly 1 in 5 patients (18%) who responded to a survey by the charity had to wait 2-3 months from reporting their first symptoms to being referred to a specialist doctor.

More than a thousand people worldwide are diagnosed, with an estimated 985 dying from the disease every day.

In 2015, an estimated 367,000 cases of pancreatic cancer were diagnosed globally, and by 2020, an estimated 418,000 new cases will be diagnosed.

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate among all major cancers, and in nearly every country including the UK, it's the only one with a single digit five-year survival rate.

More than three-quarters of men and women diagnosed with pancreatic cancer die within a year of diagnosis, and just five out of 100 will survive for more than five years.

Twickenham stadium worker Alex Tatnall lost his 70 year old father to the disease in 2015.

Here, he tells Jackie's Alex Loveridge why we have to make ourselves aware of the cancer, which is often called the "silent killer."

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