Pancreatic Cancer and Stomach Cancer Awareness Month November 2020

Out of all the major cancers, pancreatic and stomach cancers have some of the lowest survival rates.

Approximately 2,246 men and women will be diagnosed with Stomach Cancer in 2020, with over 1,287 men and women dying from the disease. There is only a 30.1% chance of surviving past 5 years.

Of the 3,933 Australians who will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2020, only 10.7% of these will live beyond 5 years. Over 3,300 people will die from pancreatic cancer in 2020.

Unfortunately, these cancers can be difficult to detect either due to their location or due to symptoms that can be vague and similar to other medical conditions.

Patients are often misdiagnosed or diagnosed long after symptoms first present and the majority will only find out they have pancreatic or stomach cancer when it’s already advanced.

These statistics are shocking and need to change.

But, it’s more than just the numbers or statistics.

The people diagnosed aren’t simply numbers. Each year are our mothers, fathers, partners, sisters, brothers and friends succumb to these devastating diseases – and we need to work together to help raise awareness of these disease and enable significant progress in early detection and treatment alternatives to ensure better outcomes.

Australia, it’s about time that these outcomes changed.

Pancreatic and Stomach Cancer Awareness Month is all about raising awareness of these diseases to accelerate funding and research to improve outcomes for pancreatic and stomach cancer. Your funds raised can support Pancare Foundation provide support services and invest into research for early detection and new treatments.

There are plenty of ways you can get involved this November:

  • Host a fundraiser to support Australians impacted by pancreatic and stomach cancer
  • Make a donation to help continue the important work of Pancare Foundation
  • Start the conversation with friends, family and work colleagues so they better understand pancreatic cancer, and stomach cancer including symptoms to be aware of
  • Wear purple during November and share why pancreatic cancer is important to you
  • Purchase a purple ribbon to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer
  • Share information from our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@PancareAus) social media pages to your friends and family

Our team are here to help you every step of the way!

If you want to talk to someone about your fundraising idea, or need help getting started, email fundraising@pancare.org.au .