Today, November 16th, is World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day.
Pancreatic cancer? Well, it’s one of the bad ones. Only around 7% of pancreatic cancer patients will be alive, five years after diagnosis. We simply don’t know enough about this disease, or how to treat it. The symptoms can be vague and attributed to other things, so it is difficult to detect at early stages.
Being told you have cancer is awful. Being told it’s a cancer that is neglected, with limited options for treatment, is devastating. The average survival, is just 3 to 6 months.
Last night the Sydney Opera House was bathed in purple, to recognise this disease, and to bring awareness to the need for research. In the past thirty years, while other cancers have seen amazing strides in survival rates and treatment options, pancreatic cancer has seen almost no improvement against these benchmarks.
The Garvan Institute of Medical Research has created The Australian Pancreatic Cancer Genome Initiative (APGI), a global research enterprise of over 100 scientists, clinicians and allied health professionals involved in pancreatic cancer research and care. You can learn more about pancreatic cancer and how you can help, here.