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National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month to be recognized



Western Kentucky’s volunteer team of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network applauds local leaders and Baptist Health Paducah for recognizing November as National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, drawing attention to the need for research funding for early detection tools and effective treatment options.

McCracken County Judge Executive Van E. Newberry will issue a proclamation at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Western Baptist in the atrium of Doctors Office Building 2. Beginning that evening, the hospital’s lights will turn purple for the month.

Carol Foreman, community representative, said the local support aids their efforts. “With the continued support,” she said, “we will work toward increasing federal funding and local awareness for this terrible disease.”

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. Despite improved survival rates for many other forms of cancer, pancreatic cancer remains the only major cancer that still has a five-year relative survival rate in the single digits at 6 percent.  The incidence and death rate for pancreatic cancer are increasing, and it is expected to move from the fourth to the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. by 2020, possibly as early 2015.

“With a cancer program among the nation’s top 5 percent, Baptist Health Paducah strives to provide educational information to the community on research, treatments and statistics to help in the fight against cancer,” said radiation oncologist Peter Locken, M.D.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure.

Currently, pancreatic cancer research receives approximately two percent of National Cancer Institute funding, and there is no comprehensive strategy to improve survival. The Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act, formerly the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act, will ensure that the NCI develops a comprehensive scientific framework for developing early diagnostics and treatment options to increase the survival rate for pancreatic cancer and other recalcitrant cancer patients.

To learn more about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network visit www.pancan.org.

About the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure. The organization is leading the way to increase the survival rate for people diagnosed with this devastating disease through a bold initiative—The Vision of Progress: Double the Pancreatic Cancer Survival Rate by 2020. Together, we can know, fight, and end pancreatic cancer by intensifying our efforts to heighten awareness, raise funds for comprehensive private research, and advocate for dedicated federal research to advance early diagnostics, better treatments and increase chances of survival.