Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month (PCAM)
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and you could help us to get closer to a breakthrough in early diagnosis and put a much needed spotlight on the disease.
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, known to many as ‘PCAM’!
It’s a chance for the pancreatic cancer community to come together to raise vital funds and awareness, remember loved ones who have sadly died of pancreatic cancer and to acknowledge those living with or beyond the disease.
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month started in the UK in 2011 and evolved from Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Week and other similar projects from the United States of America. PCAM brings together all the pancreatic cancer charities and groups from around the world into one united, dedicated and hardworking international team- to transform the future for those affected by pancreatic cancer.
Your support this November could help us to get closer to a breakthrough in early diagnosis and put a much needed spotlight on the disease.
Will you join us to take on the toughest cancer this November?
Take a look below to see how you can make a difference in November 2021.
1. Take It On!
It’s unacceptable that more than half of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer die within 3 months. Join the Take It On Team to help us get closer to a breakthrough in early diagnosis research!
Take on Challenge 24 by walking, running or cycling 24 miles in 24 days, taking on 24 activities or giving up something you love for 24 days.
Do your own thing and raise money your way! Whether that’s hosting a quiz night, organising a bake sale or having a TikTok dance battle, we will be here to support you!
2. Shine the #PurpleLightsUK
Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer is an annual campaign in the UK that takes place during November’s Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
Every year, on World Pancreatic Cancer Day or throughout the month, homes and prominent landmarks across the globe light up purple to remember loved ones who have sadly died of pancreatic cancer and to acknowledge those living with or beyond the disease.
More awareness will lead to more people surviving. Together, we can put a spotlight on pancreatic cancer to ensure the disease gets the attention it deserves.
Head to www.purplelightsuk.org now
3. World Pancreatic Cancer Day – 18th November 2021
The third Thursday of November is World Pancreatic Cancer Day – so in 2021 that’s 18th November. On this day people across the globe come together to raise awareness about the symptoms and risks of the disease, and the urgent need for earlier detection. So why not join in to share information on the disease, dress in purple or light up landmarks or your home in purple.
4. Raise awareness of the symptoms
Knowing the symptoms of pancreatic cancer could help get an earlier diagnosis for you or someone close to you.
The symptoms of pancreatic cancer are vague and hard to spot. They might come and go to begin with, and some people might not have all of them. The symptoms can also be caused by more common things.
It’s more important than ever we get the message out there to anyone with symptoms to not delay; to not be concerned that their GP or the NHS are too busy, or that it is unsafe.
5. Highlights from previous years
In past years we have been lucky enough to have been invited to change St. Pancras railway station in London, into St Pancreas, for World Pancreatic Cancer Day. We’ve raised awareness and even quizzed people about where they think their pancreas is.