November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
In 2008, an estimated 37,680 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 34,290 will die from the disease.
Men are 20% more likely to get pancreatic cancer than women and the majority of cases occur in people over the age of 65. The incidence rate among African-Americans is 40 to 50% higher than other ethnic groups.
Pancreatic cancer research constitutes less than 2% of the National Cancer Institute’s federal research funding—a figure far too low given the severity of the disease.
From a scientific research perspective, pancreatic cancer is where breast cancer was in the 1930s. Advancing pancreatic cancer research into the 21st century is dependent upon the increase of basic scientific research.
Yeah, I am one voice. And not a whole lot of people read my blog. Still, one person CAN make a difference, so that's why I'll be blogging about this cause for the rest of November.