Pan­cre­atic can­cer

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

NOVEM­BER is pan­cre­atic can­cer month, a month ded­i­cated to sup­port­ing the es­ti­mated 640 queens­lan­ders liv­ing with the dis­ease, and the 470 queens­lan­ders who will be di­ag­nosed this year. It is one of the five lead­ing causes of can­cer death in queens­land, but re­mains one of the hard­est can­cers to de­tect and treat. Right now med­i­cal re­searchers are on the verge of new dis­cov­er­ies which could help us to beat it – and we need your help. Ear­lier this year, CCQ granted $100,000 to Queens­land re­searchers for a study into an en­zyme that could help to sup­press pan­cre­atic tu­mours. This month, please make a do­na­tion so that we can con­tinue to fund re­search into a cure. Your fund­ing will also go to­wards sup­port­ing those af­fected, in­clud­ing car­ers and fam­i­lies. There are rarely early symp­toms of pan­cre­atic can­cer, which means it is usu­ally dis­cov­ered at an ad­vanced stage, when the can­cer has spread. There is also no rou­tine screen­ing test for pan­cre­atic can­cer, so it’s vi­tal to know the symp­toms of the dis­ease, in­clud­ing ab­dom­i­nal pain, loss of ap­petite, nau­sea and vom­it­ing, weight loss, changes in bowel mo­tions and jaun­dice. Don’t de­lay talk­ing to your GP if you ex­pe­ri­ence any of th­ese symp­toms. If we de­tect it early, we have a bet­ter chance of treat­ing it more ef­fec­tively. This year around 415 Queens­lan­ders will die from the dis­ease. With your sup­port, we can fund po­ten­tially life-sav­ing re­search projects. Please join us in a race against time to help find bet­ter treat­ments. If you or a loved one is af­fected by pan­cre­atic can­cer, call 13 11 20 or visit us at www.can­cerqld.org.au. Thank you for your sup­port of pan­cre­atic aware­ness month. Katie Clift Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land

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