Aggressively Funding Pancreatic Cancer Research

to Find A CURE

Pancreatic Cancer is currently the 4th deadliest cancer in the United States.  It is an aggressive cancer that develops in the pancreas and can quickly metastasize to other organs.  Because of the location of the pancreas, it is virtually impossible to detect until it has already begun to affect other organs.  According to The American Cancer Society’s 2011 statistics, just over 44,000 Americans were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and close to 38,000 died.  Additionally, 94% of those diagnosed will die within 5 years.  Surprisingly, the National Cancer Institute spends just 2% of its budget on a disease whose numbers are projected to increase by 55% from 2010 to 2030. These are the devastating facts that every newly diagnosed patient must face.  The sad truths about this disease are the following:  there is no early detection, there is little treatment and there is no cure.  In fact, the overall chemotherapy drug, Gemcytabine, has been the drug of choice since the 1970’s.  Why is there so little known about this cancer?  Because most people simply do not live long after diagnosis, there hasn’t been enough attention paid to the disease.  There is no celebrity or media spokesperson and because the disease is so aggressive and horrific, many family members have a difficult time furthering the cause after losing a loved one.  There has been no “push” to find a cure.  However, as more and more people are diagnosed, most recently the deaths of actor Patrick Swayze and Apple founder Steve Jobs, national media coverage is growing and the public is taking notice of this tragic disease.

For more information, please visit pancan.orgcancer.govFox News Health and cancer.org.