Pancreatic and lung cancer patients need your help
November is lung and pancreatic cancer awareness month. Both of these cancers are diagnosed late and have low survival rates, meaning more research, like that funded by Worldwide Cancer Research, is urgently needed.
How common are these cancers?
Lung cancer is the most common cancer in men and the fifth most common cancer in women. Worldwide, nearly 1.83 million new cases of lung cancer (the same as the entire population of Vienna, Italy) and 338,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer (the population of Leicester, England) were estimated to have been diagnosed in 2012.
How many people survive lung and pancreatic cancer?
That same year, around 1.59 million people were estimated to have died from lung cancer and around 330,000 died from pancreatic cancer. These shocking figures highlight just how few people survive these terrible cancers. In fact survival rates for both of these cancers have actually not shown much improvement since the 1970s.
Progress urgently needed for people with pancreatic cancer
Dr Núria Malats in Spain (pictured above) told us
Pancreatic cancer is a dreadful disease and no advances have been made towards its control in the last few decades. We need to know more about how this cancer develops.
She is currently investigating the role of bacteria, which live inside us all, and whether they could be a factor in the development of pancreatic cancer.
We are also trying to tackle pancreatic cancer in other ways, including Professor Owen Sansom in Scotland who aims to find new ways to attack the disease. And Dr Sharon Rossiter in England is using computer-based drug design to find potential new treatments.
These projects are a start but more research is needed. At the minute we can only fund half of the great projects we want to. Who knows what opportunities we are missing. If you want to help us stop cancer cutting lives short, please to text WORLDWIDE to 70004 to donate £10 on click here.
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