November a Month to Raise Awareness of Pancreatic Cancer

By Sarah Klein

Not only is November Movember month, but it’s also Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

Over 4,000 Canadians will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this month, and advocates are raising awareness of the disease by encouraging you to wear purple.

Nearly 3,800 people will die from the disease this year, which is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in Canada. Pancreatic cancer is the only one of the top ten cancer killers with a five-year survival rate still in the single digits, and the survival rate hasn’t significantly changed in nearly 40 years.

If your wardrobe lacks the colour of support, there are other ways to raise awareness by visiting the Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Manitoba Facebook group.

Pancreatic Cancer Canada is also launching a purple lights campaign, encouraging Canadians to shine a light to remember those lost to the disease.