SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has co-sponsored a parliamentary motion at Westminster supporting the first ever World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day (Thursday 13 November) and urging the British government to do more to bring about long overdue improvements to pancreatic cancer awareness, diagnosis, treatment, care and research.
Pancreatic cancer is the fifth largest cause of cancer deaths in the UK and is predicted to overtake breast cancer as the fourth largest by 2030.
Mr Durkan said: “I am delighted to support the first World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day – and congratulate all pancreatic cancer charities and their supporters for the various activities being carried out to raise awareness of the disease.
“8,800 people are diagnosed with, and around 8,600 die from, pancreatic cancer each year.
“The disease has the worst five-year survival rate of the 21 most common cancers, at less than 4 per cent – a figure which has remained virtually unchanged over the past 40 years.
“Indeed, pancreatic cancer currently receives less than 1% of cancer research spend per year, despite being the fifth most common cause of cancer death.
“I am therefore urging the government to do all it can to bring about long overdue improvements to pancreatic cancer awareness, diagnosis, treatment, care and research.”