On the third Thursday in November each year, the world turns purple in support of improved treatment, screenings, and research for World Pancreatic Cancer Day. The observance takes place during Pancreatic Awareness Cancer Month and serves as a reminder to take action and help spread the word about the dangers of pancreatic cancer.
The unfortunate truth is, pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all different types of cancer. Only 3-5% of those diagnosed survive for up to five years. Survival rates for most other kinds of cancer have gone up over the last 40 years but not pancreatic cancer. That’s why it’s so important to play your part. Use your voice and share the facts. Encourage donations for improved treatment and finding a cure. Get involved with organizations that support pancreatic cancer research.
Pancreatic cancer affects both men and women and is the seventh most common cancer death around the world. Learning your risk factors is one of the first steps toward early diagnosis. The next step is knowing the symptoms of pancreatic cancer.
The symptoms of pancreatic cancer are often vague and difficult to explain. Some of the symptoms include:
- Abdominal or back pain
- Unexplained weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Stool changes
- Recent onset diabetes
Since early diagnosis is so important with this kind of cancer, it’s important that we take advantage of World Pancreatic Cancer Day, so that eventually, it becomes more talked about all year round. Let’s do something about it!
HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldPancreaticCancerDay
PancONE President and CEO Michelle Capobianco will join National Day Calendar Founder Marlo Anderson during a live event on November 18th at 1 PM CST. Tune in on Facebook or on our other social media platforms as they discuss pancreatic cancer, its impact, and what PancONE is doing to make a difference. They will also be giving away prizes to the first 100 people who donate during the live broadcast!
Survivors raise their voices on World Pancreatic Cancer Day. Join them and show your support. Here’s how:
- Wearing purple.
- Join an awareness event such as a walk.
- Learn your risk factors.
Wear purple during #WorldPancreaticCancerDay and all month long, too! Reach out to someone you know that currently has pancreatic cancer, survived pancreatic cancer, or had a family member or friend pass away from the disease. Remember, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month is in November, too. So it’s the perfect time to proudly sport your purple and post on social media all day to raise awareness. Every little bit helps!
WORLD PANCREATIC CANCER DAY HISTORY
The World Pancreatic Coalition, comprised of more than 60 organizations, founded World Pancreatic Cancer Day in 2015 as a way to spur awareness and funding to develop effective treatments and a cure for pancreatic cancer.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar named PancONE as their official 2021 World Pancreatic Cancer Day charity. PancONE is dedicated to fighting the world’s toughest cancer through research, awareness, community activation, and advocacy.
PancONE aims to disrupt the traditional approach to discovery in pancreatic cancer by bringing together multiple sectors, innovations and novel methods to drive real change. We’ve waited long enough for the kind of progress people deserve. PancONE is committed to working with all partners who believe as we do that we can change the outcome for the world’s toughest cancer.