November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
My husband, Allan was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November 2005. Even with the help of our wonderful health care professionals - he passed away after four short months. Allan had all the treatments currently available for patients with pancreatic cancer. It just wasn't enough.
Mortality rates are very high from pancreatic cancer primarily because the cancer is diagnosed at such late stages when symptoms first become noticeable.
Cancer of the pancreas is the fourth leading cause of cancer death
in the United States. This year approximately 32,000 Americans will die from cancer of the pancreas. The disease is not only common, it is also extremely difficult to treat. For these and other reasons, cancer of the pancreas has been called "the challenge of the twenty-first century."PanCAN
- the Pancreatic Cancer Network - helped us from Day One.
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Congress will soon be deciding how much funding the federal government will provide for cancer research. While the leaders of the House and Senate have agreed to provide a $7 billion increase for health and other programs, including NIH and NCI, their proposals fall far short of that goal. In fact, the funding levels that they are currently considering would result in a cut for cancer research. There is still far too much that needs to be done within the field of pancreatic cancer research to accept a cut in funding. We need early detection tools, treatments, and a cure. Make sure your Senators and Representative know that you think pancreatic cancer research is a funding priority and should be one of their priorities too.
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