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November 13 is World Pancreatic Cancer Day. It's a time to raise awareness about this deadly disease by wearing purple. I hope that it will spark a conversation because quite frankly, more needs to be done in fighting pancreatic cancer.
Right now the five year survival rate is just six percent. That blows my mind. It's a hard disease to detect and once it's found it's often too late. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network hopes to double survival rates by 2020. They have just over five years to do that. Raising awareness about the disease and funding research is critical. Even still, 12 percent is still a long way from 100, but it's a step in the right direction.
|The late Patrick Swayze|
|Grandma, mom, and Aunt Rita in 1980 something|
When I hear the news of someone being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, I think of Aunt Rita. I remember the sadness we all felt when she passed away and how I wish there was no such thing as cancer. But here's the deal, cancer exists. Sweet, loving, and caring people, even little kids will die from it. But there are many survivors too. We have to talk more about all types of cancer and help the men and women working toward a cure. Without the hope that one day six percent will double and gradually climb, we have nothing. I encourage you to wear purple on November 13 and support the cause monetarily if you're able.
Here are a few other resources on pancreatic cancer:
Walk With The Dogs
The American Cancer Society
The Purple Page