Often referred to as a silent cancer, pancreatic cancer is very aggressive. Last year pancreatic cancer moved past breast cancer to be the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States and is projected to become the second leading cause by 2020.
The theme of World Pancreatic Cancer Day is Demand Better. With the causes of many pancreatic cancer cases unknown it is often diagnosed in late stage. Complicating the matter is that its early symptoms, such as back pain, weight loss, nausea, and jaundice are often subtle and may be attributed to other more common and less serious medical conditions. The idea behind Demand Better is to raise awareness of the risks for developing pancreatic cancer, create a better understanding of the symptoms, and encourage more research to effectively determine its causes and discover methods for early detection.
“People are very aware of breast, colon and other cancers but most are not familiar with pancreatic cancer,” said Oswego Resident Julie Foster. “World Pancreatic Cancer Day is looking to change that.”
Foster and other local residents are insuring that Oswego is a part of World Pancreatic Cancer Day. “Mayor Billy Barlow will have City Hall bathed in purple light, the official color for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness. SUNY Oswego will also have its main sign on Route 104 in purple, and the Oswego County Legislature formally recognized World Pancreatic Cancer Day,” said Foster.
“In addition, Greene’s Ale House, 104 West Bridge Street in Oswego, will host a Candlelight vigil on Sunday, November 19 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Those attending are welcome to light a purple candle to honor, support and remember a loved one who is fighting this fight or who fought gallantly and lost,” added Foster.
For more information on World Pancreatic Cancer Day, or how you can be involved helping to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer on a local level, visit www.PanCan.org.