• Kenneth Gibson MSP

Kenneth supports World Pancreatic Cancer Day


18 November is World Pancreatic Cancer Day, to raise awareness of this condition, which kills over 800 people across Scotland each year - often within weeks of diagnosis.


Although the 5-year survival rate has increased from 3% to just under 8% over the past decade, this is clearly too little and too slow.


An important factor will be that public awareness levels UK are low: a whopping 52% of people know ‘almost nothing’ about the disease, and 76% can’t name a single symptom.


Kenneth Gibson MSP said:


"Pancreatic cancer is a ruthless disease that seems to creep up on people and survival rates are shocking.


"However, there is some hope: when diagnosed in time for potentially life-saving surgery, patients' 5-year survival rates increase to around 30%.


"It is hugely important that we educate ourselves and each other about pancreatic cancer and possible symptoms; and please contact your GP if you start regularly experiencing one or more symptoms which are not normal for you."


Some of the main symptoms associated with pancreatic cancer are:

• Jaundice • Upper abdominal or mid back pain/discomfort • Pale and smelly stools • Loss of appetite • Indigestion • Nausea and vomiting • New onset of diabetes • Change in bowel habit • Unexplained weight loss


For detailed information and support, visit the Pancreatic Cancer Action website.


Since 2011, November is Pancreatic Cancer Month.


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