Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has given his support to the first ever World Pancreatic Cancer Day, which is taking place on Thursday 13 November.
Pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of any cancer; something that has barely changed in more than 40 years. It is the fifth most common cause of all cancer deaths in the UK with only around 4% of people diagnosed surviving five years or more. It is predicted that by 2030 pancreatic cancer will have overtaken breast cancer as the fourth most common killer.
World Pancreatic Cancer Day is being organised to help bring about a much needed change in awareness levels about the disease and to focus on the need for urgent change. It is also taking place during the annual Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, which is held every November.
Wayne David said, “I am pleased to able to support World Pancreatic Cancer Day. This is an important initiative to help raise awareness of the disease, its symptoms and its low survival rates.
“My own father died from pancreatic cancer after a very late diagnosis, so I hope that the first ever World Pancreatic Cancer Day will help bring about improved outcomes for those suffering from the disease now and in the future”.