Mark Tami MP supports Pancreatic Cancer UK ahead of pancreatic cancer awareness month

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Mark Tami MP, this week attended a cross-party event at the House of Commons, organised by Pancreatic Cancer UK, to help spread the word about pancreatic cancer ahead of pancreatic cancer awareness month.

There were nearly 8,800 new cases of pancreatic cancer diagnosed across the UK in 2013, 446 of whom live in Wales. Pancreatic cancer is the fifth most common cause of all cancer deaths in the UK and currently has the lowest survival rate of all the 21 common cancers. Tragically, only four per cent of patients live for five years or more after diagnosis.

He said about the matter, “The survival rate speaks for itself. There needs to be earlier diagnosis, more research funding and better access to new treatments for the disease”.

Pancreatic Cancer UK work extensively to improve the lives of people affected by the disease. Mark Tami heard about the numerous fundraisers they do; including the Purple Lights for Hope events on November 1st where volunteers have arranged for prominent local landmarks to be lit up purple.

Mark Tami went on to say, “I know there are many people across the UK and within my constituency who have been touched by pancreatic cancer. That’s why I’m supporting the charity and its Purple Lights for Hope campaign as part of pancreatic cancer awareness month this November.”

Alex Ford, Chief Executive of Pancreatic Cancer UK said: “We were delighted to welcome Mark Tami MP to this important event and we thank him for his support. We hope he will help us spread the word about pancreatic cancer far and wide this November.

“We all have a role to play in raising awareness of this dreadful cancer, so people know the signs and symptoms to watch out for. I would urge local people to find out more about the disease today.”

The symptoms of pancreatic cancer include tummy pain, weight loss, yellow skin or eyes or itchy skin and oily floating excrement.

For more information about pancreatic cancer, visit www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk