November is pancreatic cancer awareness month and to help raise
awareness, local charity Pancreatic Cancer Action, is highlighting the signs
and symptoms of the UK’s the fifth most common cause of cancer death.
The charity, Pancreatic Cancer Action (PCA), was founded in 2010 by
Surrey resident, Ali Stunt, herself a rare 6-year pancreatic cancer survivor.
PCA focuses on trying to improve early diagnosis through greater public
awareness, medical education programs and by funding research. So far they have
produced an e-learning module for GPs entitled “Diagnosing Pancreatic Cancer in
Primary Care” which they have written alongside the Royal College of GPs. This
module, which is the first in the world to cover diagnosis of pancreatic cancer
in primary care, is free to access and is CPD accredited. So far the feedback
from GPs has been excellent and the course has been rated 4.6 out of 5 by those
who have taken the course. PCA are currently working with the British Medical
Journal to develop a similar module for hospital doctors, which they hope will
be available by the end of the year.
PCA have also funded a nutrition-led Enhanced Recovery Project for
pancreatic cancer surgical patients at the Royal Surrey County Hospital and are
funding pre-clinical research in 2014 at University College Hospital, London
(UCL). They are also considering funding a couple of research projects to look
specifically for a diagnostic biomarker for the disease.
Along with comprehensive patient information, which is soon to be
available in a range of modular booklets, Pancreatic Cancer Action has
developed a range of awareness materials including leaflets and posters that
are free for anyone wanting to help raise awareness. New for 2013 is a symptoms
poster, which has been very popular.
For those visiting Haslemere between 16-24 November, people will
see that the town is turning purple to support Pancreatic Cancer Action. Over
100 shops and businesses in the town are creating purple window displays with
their merchandise and putting up PCA bunting and posters.
Mr Neville Menezes, founder member and trustee and consultant HPB
surgeon at the Royal Surrey County Hospital said that, “Any improvement in
pancreatic cancer survival will be related to and as a direct consequence of
early diagnosis, which is also the primary aim of the charity Pancreatic Cancer
For more information
on the work of Pancreatic Cancer Action, please visit: pancreaticcanceraction.org or call 0303 040
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