The world turns purple today! Thursday, Nov. 15, is World Pancreatic Cancer Day, and it is being observed around the globe as we Demand Better. For Patients. For Survival.
The emphasis for World Pancreatic Cancer Day is on knowing the risks and symptoms of pancreatic cancer – which can lead to earlier diagnosis and longer survival – and taking action to spread the word.
World Pancreatic Cancer Day is an initiative of the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition (WPCC), of which the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) is a proud member. WPCC consists of 77 organizations from 31 countries on six continents, all working to Demand Better for those affected by pancreatic cancer.
From European castles to the Chicago skyline, prominent buildings and monuments are lighting up purple to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer – the world’s deadliest.
Members of Congress and news reporters are wearing purple in solidarity, and leaders from WPCC member organizations are appearing in media interviews about the disease, risk factors, symptoms and early detection.
Julie Fleshman is interviewed by CBSN on World Pancreatic Cancer Day 2018.
Matt Wilson, second from left, is a seven-year pancreatic cancer survivor as of today. Here, with Robin Roberts of Good Morning America, and staff members from PanCAN and Lustgarten.
Some PanCAN research grantees are even sporting purple hair to support the cause.
I colored my hair purple to show my commitment to #PancreaticCancer research and patient care, inspired by the great @ciacobu (always the innovator), my patients and patient advocacy groups like @lustgartenfdn @PanCAN pic.twitter.com/Y1LpYPbNJP
— Cullen Taniguchi, MD (@TaniguchiMD) November 8, 2018
Meanwhile, passionate PanCAN volunteers, fundraisers, donors, corporate supporters, influencers and many others affected by pancreatic cancer are doing their part to raise critical awareness and funds for the disease.
World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition member Let’s Win participated in the Closing Bell Ceremony at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square, New York, on November 12, 2018. Staff of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in New York attended, too – Erin Holstein and Alex Rappoport (far right).
With a five-year survival rate of only 9 percent in the United States, pancreatic cancer is the world’s toughest cancer. Every day, more than 1,250 people worldwide are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and an estimated 1,180 die from the disease.