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#PancreaticCancerDay: More needed in the fight against the disease

#PancreaticCancerDay: More needed in the fight against the disease

Seven locations, including Buffalo City Hall, Peace Bridge, and Niagara Falls will all be lit up purple, the color for pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer shares several symptoms with common illnesses such as the flu, including loss of appetite, nausea, weight loss and jaundice; making it extremely hard to identify by those affected and medical professionals.

The grant was announced as researchers gathered in Sydney to attend the Avner Foundation's first National Pancreatic Cancer Symposium at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre at UNSW, on World Pancreatic Cancer Day.

Every day, more than 1,000 people worldwide will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

#PancreaticCancerDay: More needed in the fight against the disease
#PancreaticCancerDay: More needed in the fight against the disease

Dr. Are says that is so important as 80% of the patients he sees diagnosed with pancreatic cancer it is too late to do anything for them. Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate among all major cancers, and in almost every country, it is the only major cancer with a single-digit five-year survival rate (2-9 percent). He says, "We really don't have a good screening tool for pancreatic cancer that is one".

The five-year survival rate is 8% compared with prostate and breast cancer, which have a five-year survival rate of more than 90%, foundation chairman Alan McArthur said.

For more information on Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and signs and symptoms of the disease, visit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's official site.

The cancer is found in the organ lying behind the lower part of the stomach.

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