National charity Pancreatic Cancer UK is appealing to the public to raise their involvement in November's Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month (PCAM), by taking part in its 'Raise for Research' campaign. The campaign supports the charity's aims to increase pancreatic cancer survival rates by increased investment in, and focus on, pancreatic cancer research.
Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rates of almost every cancer, with around 4% surviving the disease for five years or more; a figure that has hardly changed in 40 years. Pancreatic cancer is the 5th most common cause of cancer deaths in the UK yet receives only 1% of the total research spend.
A recent report by Pancreatic Cancer UK titled:"A cancer of unmet need: the pancreatic cancer research challenge", highlighted an urgent need to redress a historical legacy of neglect surrounding investment into pancreatic cancer research in the UK. The charity found significantly higher rates of research funding in relation to deaths per year for a range of cancers than was found for pancreatic cancer and is therefore calling for significant and sustained investment in research into the disease.
Raise for Researchis not just about raising funds; the charity is keen to encourage people to raise their voice and awareness too. There are several ways people can get involved with Raise for Research during PCAM:
Raise funds: You can organise your own event, collect spare change and send it to us at the end of the month or organise a Dress Down Day by arranging for everyone to wearpurple themed 'uniforms' in exchange for donations. Order your fundraising pack and let us know what you plan to do.
Raise your voice: Join our National Day of Action on 1st November 2012. Raise your voice by calling your MP to ask them to support PCAM and attend the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on pancreatic cancer meeting on 19th November 2012 at Westminster, London.
Raise awareness:Not only do we need to raise awareness of the need for increased investment in pancreatic cancer research but we need to raise the profile of the disease too. Request copies of our new awareness poster 'Have You Met Your Pancreas?' to display in your local GP surgery, library, workplace or community centre.
Alex Ford, Chief Executive, Pancreatic Cancer UK, comments, "Raise for Research is a great opportunity for everyone to support our aims to increase pancreatic cancer survival rates through boosting investment in, and focus on, pancreatic cancer research.
"This is such an important issue and we want as many people as possible to get involved in PCAM, whether that is raising funds or raising awareness or even helping us to push pancreatic cancer further up the political agenda."
To request a fundraising pack or awareness posters email firstname.lastname@example.org.
 Research spend of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) - representing the majority of cancer research investment undertaken in the UK