MSP backs pan­cre­atic can­cer call

Wishaw Press - - WELL DONE -

Wishaw and Mother­well MSP Clare Adam­son is lead­ing a warn­ing call for peo­ple to check for symp­toms of pan­cre­atic can­cer.

One of the most com­mon causes of can­cer deaths in Scot­land, around 10,000 peo­ple in the UK are di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease each year. Ms Adam­son marked Pan­cre­atic Can­cer Aware­ness Month by hold­ing a re­cep­tion in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment.

She led a group of politi­cians con­grat­u­lat­ing can­cer char­i­ties for their tire­less work in rais­ing aware­ness of the con­di­tion, and de­bated how early de­tec­tion of the con­di­tion is vi­tal to im­prove peo­ple’s chances of sur­vival.

Ms Adam­son said:“i was hon­oured to host the par­lia­men­tary re­cep­tion.

“In the room were many peo­ple ded­i­cated to fundrais­ing, rais­ing aware­ness, and sup­port­ing those liv­ing with pan­cre­atic can­cer and those who had suf­fered the loss of a friend or fam­ily mem­ber.

“What dif­fers with pan­cre­atic can­cer is that there are so few sur­vivors, with only one per­son in the room hav­ing sur­vived more than 10 years.

“This is known in the pan­cre­atic can­cer com­mu­nity as the one per cent club.

“These are stark, stark fig­ures, which have hardly changed in 50 years.

“This is what we have to work to­gether to change in Scot­land, in the UK and across the world and Scot­land has the po­ten­tial to lead in this area.”

Pan­cre­atic can­cer is cur­rently the fifth most com­mon cause of can­cer death in Scot­land.

Cur­rently, three in four pa­tients with pan­cre­atic can­cer die within a year of di­ag­no­sis. Around half of all new cases are di­ag­nosed in peo­ple aged 75 or over. It’s un­com­mon in peo­ple un­der 40.

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