Each year, more than 3,500 Australians are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Less than 10% survive five years. The pancreas is a gland of the digestive system. It is joined to the small bowel by a duct. Pancreatic cancer starts in the cells lining this duct. It then spreads into the body of the pancreas, before invading nearby nerves and blood vessels. If left untreated, it will spread to all the organs in the abdomen. Pancreatic cancer may also enter the lymphatic system and spread to other parts of the body.
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, all about raising awareness of the disease to accelerate funding and research to improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer. Funds raised can support Pancare Foundation provide support services and invest into research for early detection and new treatments.
It’s time to put the spotlight on pancreatic cancer.
For all information and support regarding pancreatic cancer contact Pancare Foundation.
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