Deadly killer

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - HEALTH -

The ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Cana­dian Cancer Society in P.E.I. says it’s es­ti­mated that pan­cre­atic cancer deaths will out­num­ber breast cancer deaths in a few years.

Mar­lene Mul­li­gan high­lighted some of the in­for­ma­tion re­cently re­leased in the Cana­dian Cancer Sta­tis­tics Re­port 2017.

On P.E.I. right now, the two are neck and neck.

“If you look at the P.E.I. sta­tis­tics in this re­port for 2017 it shows that we would es­ti­mate that 25 peo­ple will be di­ag­nosed with pan­cre­atic cancer and 25 will die from pan­cre­atic cancer,’’ Mul­li­gan said. “Our deaths re­lated to breast cancer are also 25.’’

She said breast cancer re­mains a big pri­or­ity, be­ing the num­ber one cause in cancer in women. It’s now es­ti­mated that one in ev­ery eight women will be di­ag­nosed with breast cancer.

“We’re mak­ing progress in this area. We’re con­tin­u­ing to see the death rates de­cline in breast cancer.’’

How­ever, she adds so lit­tle is known about pan­cre­atic cancer.

“We don’t know how to catch it eas­ily enough and of­ten the treat­ments we have in place are in­ef­fec­tive so it’s re­ally a call to ac­tion to the world to say we need to be in­vest­ing more (into re­search).’’

Mul­li­gan said two of the big­gest chal­lenges are in cre­at­ing aware­ness and en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to seek help from the cancer society.

Sup­port is avail­able by call­ing 1-888-939-3333.

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