It is a scandal that almost 97% of people diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer die within 5 years. 22 people a day die from Pancreatic cancer. Earlier, clearer diagnosis would reduce this.
Two years ago, I hadn't even heard of Pancreatic cancer. Then a life-long friend lost his wife to the disease. More recently a dear friend told me that she lost her husband also to Pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is the 5th leading cause of cancer death in the UK. Pancreatic cancer has the worst survival rate of all cancers. 5-year survival is only 3%. This figure has not changed in over 40 years while deaths from many other cancers declined.
Pancreatic cancer could be termed 'The Hidden Killer'. Many of its symptoms mirror other less critical illnesses and therefore GPs often do not realise their significance. Symptoms can include jaundice, diabetes and gall stones and GPs may first treat these resulting in time being lost before the correct diagnosis is reached. By this time it can be too late to treat the cancer. This happened with both of my friends.
I have decided to try and change this and I have set up an e-petition online at
The aim is to have Pancreatic Cancer diagnosis debated in Parliament. To achieve this 100,000 signatures are needed. Nearly 300 signatures are needed each and every day to achieve this. The petition is available until 14 November 2012, which seems a long time but it will soon pass by. Pancreatic cancer diagnosis and treatment is a lottery.
There is something else you could do too. Whilst you're writing your Christmas cards, write to your MP. I have a website
with letters for you do download, fill in your name and address and post off. It needs to be a major issue not just today, not just Christmas, but until the detection and survival rate for this disease is improved.
Please help, 22 deaths doesn't seem that many, but if 22 people were being shot dead every day there would be a huge outcry in the media.
Please sign the petition and email all your friends and work colleagues and ask them to do the same.
Many thanks, KenC