November recognized as National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in Springboro

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure, applauds community leaders in the city of Springboro for introducing a proclamation recognizing November as National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and drawing attention to the urgent need for research funding for early detection tools and effective treatment options for patients.

The Cincinnati Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network would like to thank the leaders in Springboro for recognizing November as National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month,” said Kelly Alter. “With the continued support we will work towards increasing federal funding and local awareness for this terrible disease.”

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Despite improved survival rates for many other forms of cancer, pancreatic cancer remains the only major cancer that still has a five-year relative survival rate in the single digits at 6 percent. The incidence and death rate for pancreatic cancer are increasing, and pancreatic cancer is anticipated to move from the fourth to the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. by 2020.

Thanks to broad bi-partisan and bi-cameral support from Congress, the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act, formerly the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act, was signed into law Jan. 2 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. The bill calls on the National Cancer Institute to develop scientific frameworks that will help provide the strategic direction and guidance needed to make true progress against recalcitrant or deadly cancers, starting with pancreatic and lung cancers.

Although this is a step in the right direction, work is far from over. The alarming statistics call for aggressive measures before incidence dramatically increases, but NCI funding is falling dangerously behind. In fact the NCI budget was recently cut by 5.8 percent, largely as a result of sequestration. We cannot hope to have success in diseases like pancreatic cancer, or leverage opportunities that come out of the scientific framework developed as a result of the bill passage if cuts like these continue,” stated Kelly.

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