CLARK — The Northern New Jersey Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a national organization dedicated to research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure, applauded community leaders in Clark for introducing proclamations recognizing November as National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
“The Northern New Jersey Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network would like to thank the leaders in Clark for recognizing November as National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month,” stated Todd Cohen, media representative of the Northern New Jersey Affiliate and a 1994 graduate of Arthur L. Johnson High School. “With the continued support we will work towards increasing federal funding and local awareness for this terrible disease.”
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Despite improved survival rates for many other forms of cancer, pancreatic cancer remains the only cancer tracked by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) that still has a five-year relative survival rate in the single digits at six percent. Pancreatic cancer cases and deaths have been on the rise since 1998 and are expected to increase by 55 percent by 2030.
Currently, research dedicated to pancreatic cancer receives approximately two percent of the federal dollars distributed by the NCI and there is no long-term and comprehensive strategy in place to improve survival. The Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act (S.362/H.R.733) would require the NCI to develop a long-term comprehensive strategic plan for developing early diagnostics and treatment options that will increase the survival rate for pancreatic cancer patients. The bill was introduced in the Senate by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and in the House by Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Leonard Lance (R-N.J.), and it is receiving broad bi-partisan support from legislators.
To learn more about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network visit www.pancan.org.
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