Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month BK photo

Pancreatic Cancer UK and Pancreatic Cancer Scotland came to Parliament this week to share with MSPs information about Pancreatic Cancer and how it affects Scotland. Over November people from across Scotland have been wearing the colour purple and fundraise to show solidarity with people living with this form of cancer. If you or someone you know has pancreatic cancer, I would suggest reading the Patients Charter, which outlines the standards of care that patients should receive.

Tragically, pancreatic cancer claimed the lives of 134 people in Glasgow in 2016. 4.6% of people in Scotland survive for five years or more, and shockingly survival has shown little improvement since the early 1970s. Now, around 800 people are diagnosed in Scotland each year. I am determined to spread the word about pancreatic cancer as we do not hear enough about it, nor do we talk about it enough. I was proud to join with the charities this week to try and make a difference to the people effected.

Diana Jupp, Chief Executive of Pancreatic Cancer UK, said: “We are delighted to have the support of Bill Kidd MSP in our effort to transform the future for everyone affected by pancreatic cancer. We were excited to be a part of the first ever parliamentary debate on the disease in Scotland recently, and hope that this will be the start of real change. However, we do still have much more to do for everyone affected by this disease. 80 per cent of patients are diagnosed at an advanced stage when the one potentially life-saving treatment of surgery is not possible, and the disease attracts just 1.9 per cent of the UK cancer research budget per year. We are determined to change this. In order to tackle this disease, we must all take on pancreatic cancer together.”

Fiona Brown, Development Manager for Pancreatic Cancer Scotland explained: “The joint reception at Scottish Parliament provided an excellent opportunity for MSPs to meet with healthcare professionals, patients, carers, researchers, supporters and survivors of pancreatic cancer. A range of speakers shared some powerful insights about pancreatic cancer, including some highlights of the incredible research work that is taking place within Scotland. By bringing everyone together we can work towards the mutual goal of improving the outcome for those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and we are so grateful to have the support of Bill Kidd MSP”.

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