CANCER claims the lives of many people every year, and one nasty form is pancreatic cancer.
To mark World Pancreatic Cancer Day on 16 November, the Pancreatic Cancer Coalition urged people to be checked for this type of cancer often as it is particularly fast and dangerous.
The Pancreatic Cancer Coalition is made up of more than 60 organisations from 27 countries across six continents.
It is estimated that every day about 1 000 people the world over are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Out of that number, it is said that an estimated 985 may die from the disease.
In addition, pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate among all major cancers and in nearly every country, pancreatic cancer is the only major cancer with a very low five-year survival rate of 2% to 9%.
Julie Fleshman, chairwoman of the coalition, said that there’s no screening test or early detection method for pancreatic cancer.
“Although research is being conducted in these areas, knowing the symptoms and risks remains the most important aspect of early diagnosis.”
Research shows that patients diagnosed in time are more likely to live five years and beyond.
Ali Stunt, survivor of pancreatic cancer and chairman of World Pancreatic Cancer Day, said he’s fortunate to have survived this long..
“The reason I’m alive today is because my cancer was detected early enough for emergency treatment.
“Symptoms and risks of pancreatic disease can be vague and are misunderstood, that’s why it’s important for people to know the warning signs and keep a close watch for them.
“Your knowledge is the best weapon in this fight.”