I 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, 837 of whom live in Yorkshire and the Humber. Tragically, only four per cent of patients live for five years or more after diagnosis. In addition to learning about these dreadful survival rates.
I 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. I showed my 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.