Our mother, Helen Alexander was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer three years ago and lost her battle on Sept, 1, 2013. It is only due to her Doctors diligence in early diagnosis and being a candidate for whipple surgery that we were blessed with three more years. Pancreatic cancer is one of the DEADLIEST CANCERS that exists. Please read below to learn more.
If you had the pleasure of knowing our mother you know what a fun person she was and that she brought laughter and joy to so many. You would also know that she spent a lifetime helping others no matter the need.
We would like to keep mom's mission going in helping others and would like to ask that you please consider giving a tax deductible donation towards the research for a cure of the deadly disease that continues to take lives.
Donating through this site is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to make a contribution towards to efforts in raising funds towards the much needed research. .
We thank you in advance for your support -- please forward this to others who you may think might want to donate as well.
STATISTICS ABOUT PANCREATIC CANCER:
Pancreatic cancer is the 10th most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and the 9th in women, but the 4th leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the United States.
• Pancreatic cancer is the only major cancer with a five-year relative survival rate in the single digits.
• Unlike many other cancers, the survival rate for the disease has not improved substantially since passage of the National Cancer Act over 40 years ago. Since 1975, the five-year relative survival rate for pancreatic cancer has moved from 2 percent to only 6 percent while the overall five-year relative survival rate has moved from 49 percent to 68 percent.
• It is estimated that in 2013, 45,220 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 38,460 will die from the disease.1 Seventy-three percent of patients will die within the first year of diagnosis.
• Of all the racial/ethnic groups in the United States, African-Americans have the highest incidence rate of pancreatic cancer, between 32 percent and 66 percent higher than other groups.
• While overall cancer incidence and death rates are declining, the incidence of pancreatic cancer and death rate for pancreatic cancer have been increasing.1 The number of new pancreatic cancer cases in the United States has been projected to increase by 55 percent between 2010 and 2030.
• A recent report issued by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, found that by 2020, pancreatic cancer is expected to become the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.