Pan­cre­atic Can­cer Aware­ness Day is Nov. 5

The Star Democrat - - LIFE -

— To rec­og­nize Novem­ber as Pan­cre­atic Can­cer Aware­ness Month, the Mid-Shore Pan­cre­atic Can­cer Foun­da­tion will host a Pan­cre­atic Can­cer Aware­ness Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur­day, Nov. 5, at Eas­ton High School’s cafe­te­ria.

Ad­mis­sion to the event is free, and there will be fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing bingo with prizes, ex­hibits, food ven­dors and a silent auc­tion.

Gospel mu­sic will be pro­vided by God’s Anointed, and rock ‘n’ roll mu­sic will be pro­vided by South­bound.

The event also will in­clude a pan­cre­atic can­cer sur­vivor recog­ni­tion cer­e­mony.

The Mid-Shore Pan­cre­atic Can­cer Foun­da­tion pro­vides hope and sup­port for pa­tients di­ag­nosed with pan­cre­atic can­cer. Pan­cre­atic can­cer re­cently passed breast can­cer to be­come the third-lead­ing cause of can­cer-re­lated deaths in the United States and is an­tic­i­pated to be­come the sec- ond by 2020. While five-year sur­vival rates for most can­cers are im­prov­ing, pan­cre­atic can­cer re­mains at just 8 per­cent.

“This year’s pro­gram in­cludes a dis­tin­guished group of med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als to pro­vide a med­i­cal up­date on pan­cre­atic can­cer,” said Bill Shrieves, pres­i­dent of the Mid-Shore Pan­cre­atic Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

Karen Hol­lis from the Univer­sity of Mary­land Cen­ter for Di­a­betes and En­docrinol­ogy will talk about nutri­tion and di­a­betes as a pan­cre­atic can­cer risk fac­tor; Dr. David Smith from Bay Hema­tol­ogy and On­col­ogy will dis­cuss the ori­gins of can­cer, speci­fif­i­cally pan­cre­atic can­cer; and Dr. Ali­son Klein from Johns Hop­kins School of Medicine will fo­cus on the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of ge­netic and en­vi­ron­men­tal risk fac­tors for pan­cre­atic can­cer.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410-745-9243 or visit www. mid­shorep­an­can.org.

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