Sir Alan Meale MP supports Pancreatic Cancer UK ahead of pancreatic cancer awareness month
Alan Meale MP on 27 October - attended a cross-party event at the House of Commons, organised by Pancreatic Cancer UK, to help spread the word about pancreatic cancer ahead of pancreatic cancer awareness month.
There were nearly 8,800 new cases of pancreatic cancer diagnosed across the UK in 2013, 668 of whom live in the East Midlands (64 were from Mansfield.) Tragically, only four per cent of patients live for five years or more after diagnosis. In addition to learning about these dreadful survival rates, Sir Alan heard about the need for earlier diagnosis, more research funding and better access to new treatments for the disease, as well as the work being done by Pancreatic Cancer UK to fund its own research and provide support for patients and their families around the country.
Sir Alan was joined by patients and family members of those affected by pancreatic cancer, as well as specialist nurses and representatives from Pancreatic Cancer UK. MPs were told about the many local supporters taking part in Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Purple Lights for Hope events on November 1st. Some have arranged for prominent local landmarks to be lit up purple, and others will be hosting smaller events at home or in their local communities. Alan Meale MP showed their support for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in November by being photographed with the charity’s Purple Lights for Hope sign.
Pancreatic cancer is the fifth most common cause of all cancer deaths in the UK and currently has the lowest survival rate of all the 21 common cancers. One person dies every hour of the disease, and it is predicted that by 2030 pancreatic cancer will overtake breast cancer as the fourth most common cancer killer. He has written to Mansfield District Council asking that it should light up either the markets area or the Civic Centre in support of the campaign.
Alan Meale MP said: “It was a pleasure to attend this event organised by Pancreatic Cancer UK, to learn more about the work of the charity and the support and research it funds. Sadly, the survival rate for pancreatic cancer speaks for itself. I know there are many people within my constituency who have been touched by pancreatic cancer and we need to do more to improve awareness of the disease, its signs and symptoms, and do more to radically improve the shockingly low survival rates. That’s why I’m supporting the charity and its Purple Lights for Hope campaign as part of pancreatic cancer awareness month this November. Lets hope our local authority joins in the campaign.”
Alex Ford, Chief Executive of Pancreatic Cancer UK said: “We were delighted to welcome Sir Alan Meale MP to this important event and we thank him for his support. We hope he/she will help us spread the word about pancreatic cancer far and wide this November.
“It’s shocking that the number of people living for five years after diagnosis with pancreatic cancer is still just four per cent, and that figure has barely improved in the last 40 years. Yet across the UK, we know so little about the disease. We all have a role to play in raising awareness of this dreadful cancer, so people know the signs and symptoms to watch out for. I would urge local people to find out more about the disease today.”
The symptoms of pancreatic cancer include tummy pain, weight loss, yellow skin or eyes or itchy skin and oily floating poo.
For more information about pancreatic cancer, visit www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk
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For further information about Pancreatic Cancer UK, contact: Emma Fielder, Media Manager at Pancreatic Cancer UK, on 020 3780 7762, 07469 660 633 out of hours, or firstname.lastname@example.org
About pancreatic cancer:
- One person dies of pancreatic cancer every hour.
- The disease has the lowest survival rate of all the 21 common cancers, with just four per cent of people living for five years or more after diagnosis, and just one per cent surviving 10 years
- Five and ten year survival for pancreatic cancer has improved very little since the early 1970s.
- Around 8,800 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer per year in the UK. That’s 24 people every day.
- Pancreatic cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death in the UK
- Pancreatic cancer is predicted to become the fourth largest cancer killer (overtaking breast cancer) by 2030.
Pancreatic cancer statistics quoted are from Cancer Research UK.
About Purple Lights for Hope and Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month:
- Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Purple Lights for Hope campaign aims to light up in purple as many landmarks as possible on November 1st. So far over 100 landmarks have agreed to light up to raise awareness of the disease.
- You can see which buildings are taking part on the Pancreatic Cancer UK Purple Lights Map.
- Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month (PCAM) runs throughout November each year, and charities and supporters up their efforts to raise awareness of, and money for, the disease.
- More information about PCAM is available on the Pancreatic Cancer UK website.
About Pancreatic Cancer UK:
- Pancreatic Cancer UK is the only national charity fighting pancreatic cancer on all fronts: support, information, campaigning and research. We are striving for a long and good life for everyone diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
- For further information on pancreatic cancer, visit www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk.
- To speak to a specialist nurse about symptoms, diagnosis or treatment, call Pancreatic Cancer UK’s freephone Support Line on 0808 801 0707
- We provide an expert, personalised support and information service, with the ultimate aim of enabling patients to enjoy an extended, happy and fulfilled life, bringing hope to them and their families.
- We fund innovative research that makes the most impact with limited resources and leverages additional investment - and development of new talent - through our own research expenditure.
- Working closely with patients and their families and carers, clinicians and other healthcare professionals, researchers, politicians and policy makers we seek to increase awareness of the disease and campaign to bring about change.