Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month (PCAM)

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month is every November – and you can play an important part in helping to raise awareness

Every November… mark your calendar

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, known to many as ‘PCAM’, takes place during November every year – and is the biggest event in the calendar for those committed to taking on pancreatic cancer.

It started in the UK in 2011, having evolved from a Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Week created a few years previously – plus similar projects originating in the United States of America.

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month isn’t just in any one country though. It brings together all the pancreatic cancer charities and groups around the whole world into one united, dedicated and hardworking international team – demanding better for those affected by pancreatic cancer.

So every November, people across the globe who want to make pancreatic cancer history gets together and does something great. Will you join us?

Take a look at these 5 activities to see how you can be a part of something amazing this November.

1. Take It On!

It’s unacceptable that more than half of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer die within 3 months. Join us to help fund vital research and raise awareness. There are many ways you can Take It On:

  • Take on Challenge 24 by completing 24 miles, 24 activities or give up something you love for 24 days – Challenge 24
  • Become a hero by taking on a gaming challenge of your choice – Game On
  • Support Pancreatic Cancer UK in any way – get some ideas of how to Do Your Own Thing 
  • Shaving, dyeing or waxing your hair or even dressing purple is an amazing way to take a stand against pancreatic cancer – and Stand Out

Take It On today – visit our Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month fundraising website

2. Join our No Time to Wait campaign

The pandemic has increased waiting lists for some pancreatic cancer treatment by up to 2 months. But people with pancreatic cancer can’t afford to wait that long.

This Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, we’re calling on NHS services across the UK to set out how they will ensure that no one is left waiting for vital treatment. Will you join us?

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3. Shine the #PurpleLightsUK

Our supporters also literally shine a light on the issues relating to pancreatic cancer by participating in Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer. Could you help us light up as many landmarks and homes as possible on World Pancreatic Cancer Day on 19th November 2020?

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4. St. Pancreas – yes, we spelled that correctly!

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.

Find out more about this partnership 

5. World Pancreatic Cancer Day – 19th November 2020

The third Thursday of November is World Pancreatic Cancer Day – so in 2020 that’s 19th 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.