Pancreatic cancer is the UK’s 5th biggest cancer killer yet a recent survey shows that 95% of people in the UK don’t know a lot about the symptoms of pancreatic cancer; indeed almost half of patients have never heard of pancreatic cancer before their own diagnosis.
Awareness of pancreatic cancer in Northern Ireland is the lowest in the whole of the UK, where only 2% of the population know a lot about the disease – 65% have heard of pancreatic cancer but know nothing about the symptoms!
The earlier pancreatic cancer is detected the greater chance to treat it, which has a huge impact on survival rates. Up to 10 percent of patients who receive an early diagnosis become disease-free after treatment.
It is vital that people are not only aware of the symptoms of pancreatic cancer but seek advice from their GP if they have one or more of the symptoms or just don’t feel right.