Despite an overall decline in cancer deaths in the U.S., pancreatic cancer incidences and deaths keep rising, and soon, it will become the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Ninety percent of cancer patients do not survive after five years. Currently, there is no standard diagnostic tool or an established early detection method for pancreatic cancer.
Here are the facts that propel the urgency of funding a pancreatic cancer charity;
- The advancements in pancreatic cancer have encountered challenges due to the complexity of the disease and low rates of clinical trial enrolment. The disease also lacks public awareness, enough funding, and experience for doctors treating the disease and lack or enough researchers to study the disease. These facts demand an urgent need for more resources and more researchers to ensure progress that will improve the patient outcomes.
- Pancreatic cancer research is privately funded by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), but more funding by the federal government is necessary because of the survival rate of this disease. PanCAN wants to make sure that pancreatic cancer patients’ lives are saved, and so the organization donates to research, patient services, advocacy, and clinical initiatives. Patient outcomes need to be improved, and survival rates doubled as well, and this can only be possible with more funding.
- Pancreatic cancer urgently requires a breakthrough in research and awareness campaigns which can only be fulfilled through funding. The lack of funding also means that there’s very little known about the causality of pancreatic cancer even though most cases are attributed to smoking. Majority of pancreatic cancer cases have no known trigger. Also, only a few people can take on awareness because most pancreatic cancer patients do not survive long after their diagnosis.
The fact that pancreatic cancer has no known diagnostic screening is in itself alarming. There are calls to make donations online to help scientists and researchers in their tireless quest for diagnostic and treatment techniques to improve the survival rates for patients with this disease. The Sandler-Kenner Foundation supports the research efforts for pancreatic cancer and calls for donations towards the cause.