Go Purple in November for Pancreatic Cancer

Posted on November 4, 2013 by Guest Writer
The purple ribbon symbolizing solidarity against pancreatic cancer on a purple backgrounded faded into white.

Pancreatic Awareness Month reminds us of this form of cancer which, like most, needs catching and treating in its earliest stages. Unfortunately, pancreatic cancer patients are often unaware they have symptoms until the condition is well advanced.


Pancreatic Cancer UK has named this year’s Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month (PCAM) “Every Life Matters,” and urges supporters to wear the purple ribbon, hand out leaflets, put up posters and arrange talks at work, pubs, clubs or schools. To help support the cause with a free supporter pack which includes posters, information leaflets and banners, simply click here.

The Day of Action 2013 on 25 November will publish the results of an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) inquiry into why survival rates have not improved in four decades. Pancreatic Cancer UK encourages people to help by sharing through Facebook and Twitter and by contacting their local MPs to ensure that they attend the launch event. MPs’ support of the inquiry’s findings is vital to driving forward the APPG recommendations.

Fundraising events include Host for Hope which encourages supporters to hold afternoon teas, lunches or even football fundraisers; Jail the Boss… in a meeting room and don’t let him/her out until he/she pays up a certain sum of money; car boot sales; sports tournaments, quizzes and more.

To get involved today and receive the fundraising pack, click here.

As pancreatic cancer has one of the highest mortality rates, 95% of sufferers die within five years of diagnosis.  In the last 40 years, this rate has not decreased. Therefore, raising awareness is key to a successful campaign and a strong focus on early diagnosis is of course expected to cut mortality rates dramatically.

How to help prevent pancreatic cancer

  • Stop smoking (the cause of almost one third of cases)
  • Exercise and avoid weight gain
  • Avoid long-term, heavy drinking
  • Avoid processed meats (eg. sausages, ham, bacon)
  • Keep to a healthy diet which includes grains, fresh vegetables and fruit

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