Two thirds of people in the North West know “almost nothing” about pancreatic cancer and three quarters can’t name one symptom

Shocking new statistics reveal that 65 per cent of people in the North West know “almost nothing” about pancreatic cancer and 74 per cent can’t name a single symptom.
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And 95 per cent of people in the region questioned also said that they are more likely to seek help for what they consider to be classic cancer symptoms, such as a lump.

A total of 1,203 people in the North West had pancreatic cancer in 2019 and only 26 per cent of men and 28 per cent of women reached the one-year survival rate.

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This World Pancreatic Cancer Day (Thursday November 17), the charity is urging people to share the signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer with their family and friends to improve early diagnosis and save lives.

NHS diagram showing the position of the pancreas and other organsNHS diagram showing the position of the pancreas and other organs
NHS diagram showing the position of the pancreas and other organs
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Pancreatic Cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in the UK with only seven per cent of people surviving beyond five years. It can be difficult to diagnose as many of the symptoms are put down to other, benign diseases by both patients and GPs 90 per cent of people with pancreatic cancer receive a diagnosis too late for potentially curative treatment.

Symptoms include mid-back pain, changes in bowel habits, stomach pain, losing weight without trying, a recent diagnosis of diabetes without weight gain, nausea or jaundice. An individual could have all or none of these symptoms.

The survey was completed by over 2,000 people around the UK to gauge the public’s knowledge of pancreatic cancer as part of Pancreatic Awareness Month (November 1 to 30). The survey revealed some interesting results, including that 19.9 per cent believe that veganism can help to cure cancer.

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Ali Stunt, founder and CEO of Pancreatic Cancer Action, and a pancreatic cancer survivor herself, said: “These shocking statistics show that we still have an incredibly long way to go to raise awareness of this deadly disease. Most pancreatic cancer patients are diagnosed too late. In order to change outcomes for pancreatic cancer, we need to get people diagnosed sooner and improving public symptom awareness is one way to achieve this.”

Pancreatic Cancer Action is one of the UK’s leading charities that focus on early detection.

It recently funded a ground-breaking new study alongside the University of Surrey and the University of Oxford that revealed that it may be possible to identify people with the disease up to three years earlier than current diagnoses.

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