Cancer Fact Friday

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The next 4 months will be dedicated to pancreatic cancer as I prepare for the NYC Marathon.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer.

Today’s fact is from their website:

Pancreatic Cancer Facts 2012
Pancreatic cancer is one of the DEADLIEST CANCERS.
• Pancreatic cancer is the 10th most commonly diagnosed cancer, but the 4th leading cause of cancer death in the United States.1
• Pancreatic cancer is the only major cancer with a five-year relative survival rate in the single digits.1, 2
• Unlike many other cancers, the survival rate for the disease has not improved substantially in the over
40 years since passage of the National Cancer Act. Since 1975, the five-year relative survival rate for
pancreatic cancer has moved from 2 percent to only 6 percent.1
• It is estimated that in 2012, 43,920 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 37,390
will die from the disease. Seventy-four percent of patients will die within the first year of diagnosis.1
• Of all the racial/ethnic groups in the United States, African-Americans have the highest incidence rate
of pancreatic cancer, between 34 percent and 67 percent higher than the other groups.3
• While overall cancer incidence and death rates are declining, the incidence of pancreatic cancer and
death rate for pancreatic cancer have been increasing.1 The number of new pancreatic cancer cases in the United States has been projected to increase by 55 percent between 2010 and 2030.

This is my motivation for the marathon. Join the fight by donating today.

Know the facts and pass it on😊. Thanks for visiting Learning Life.

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