Sue has pledged to get on Purple Alert this November for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month to help transform the lives of people affected by pancreatic cancer in Workington.
Today, 16th November, is World Pancreatic Cancer Day.
At a Pancreatic Cancer UK drop-in event at Westminster, Sue heard that 93% of people diagnosed do not survive five years or more, and that there has been very little improvement in survival since the early 1970s. The charity says that unless urgent action is taken now, pancreatic cancer will become the fourth biggest cancer killer by 2026.
“Tragically, pancreatic cancer took the lives of 430 people in Cumbria during 2010-2014. It’s clear that much more work is needed to deliver the kind of change which we must see for people affected, and to achieve the improvements in survival so desperately needed.
“This year, 9,600 people in the UK will receive a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. I want to encourage everyone in Workington constituency to join me in getting on Purple Alert this November, to help change the future for everyone affected by the disease.”
“Whilst significant improvements have been made in survival for many other cancers, with 50% of all cancer patients now surviving for ten years or more, pancreatic cancer survival has seen little improvement, with just 1% of patients living for ten years or more.
“That’s why I’m calling on people in Workington to join me in getting on Purple Alert this November, to help us raise more funds for research into the disease and provide vital support for people affected. People can join the campaign at www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/pcam.”