Demand Survival Now
It’s time to tackle the UK’s pancreatic cancer emergency
In the last 50 years, pancreatic cancer survival rates have barely changed – while survival for other cancers has improved massively.
Shockingly, pancreatic cancer is 8 times more deadly than other common cancers like prostate, breast or bowel cancer.
It’s not fair that the 10,000 people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer every year in the UK should have to face such deadly odds.
Lynne was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2009. To survive, she had to have major surgery and could easily have died on at least half a dozen occasions. She was told a number of times that she wouldn't live through the night.
But each time, she came through.
"There were a number of things that played a part in my survival - good fortune was definitely part of it. That is particularly true of people who have pancreatic cancer. You have to be fortunate to get your diagnosis. You have to be fortunate enough to get a treatment and ultimately very fortunate indeed to survive. That doesn't represent a strategy for dealing with a massive cancer killer."
Let’s make change happen
Successive governments, strategies and plans have missed the opportunity to transform survival for pancreatic cancer.
But change is possible.
Our campaign report (PDF) demonstrates that when governments and the clinical community come together to prioritise less survivable cancers, such as lung cancer, survival can be transformed.
We’re urging every government across the UK to produce a national plan focusing on three areas to make pancreatic cancer a survivable disease:
- Investing £25 million in pancreatic cancer research every year to save lives from the deadliest common cancer.
- Delivering better, faster treatment and care for everyone across the UK.
- Opening the public’s eyes to the symptoms of pancreatic cancer with a dedicated awareness campaign.