FREEHOLD, NJ – Pancreatic cancer is among the deadliest cancers in the United States with no known cause or cure.
To help raise public awareness about this devastating disease, the Board of Chosen Freeholders issued a proclamation at its Nov. 20 workshop meeting declaring Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in Monmouth County. November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
Freeholders Gary J. Rich and Lillian G. Burry, Jill Rothstein (Pancreatic Cancer Action Network volunteer), Freeholder Director John P. Curley, Freeholder Serena DiMaso and Freeholder Deputy Director Thomas A. Arnone.
The proclamation, which draws attention to the fact that pancreatic cancer is the deadliest of all cancers, was presented to Jill Rothstein of Freehold Township, a volunteer with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a national organization. Ms. Rothstein’s father died from pancreatic cancer in 2008.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the first and only national patient advocacy organization serving the pancreatic cancer community both in Monmouth County and nationwide by focusing its efforts on public policy, research funding, patient services, and developing both effective treatments and a cure for pancreatic cancer.
This year, an estimated 43,920 people in the United States will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and it is estimated that 37,660 will die from the disease. Annually, 74 percent of pancreatic cancer patients will die within the first year of diagnosis and 94 percent of patients die within five years.
“There is no cure for pancreatic cancer,” Freeholder Director John P. Curley said. “When symptoms do present, it is usually too late for an optimistic prognosis. The average life expectancy of someone diagnosed with pancreatic cancer is three to six months. Raising awareness is key.”
What can you do? Awareness events are held throughout the year and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network web site at www.pancan.org, has a great list of New Jersey based events.
“Please don’t be apathetic, Rothstein said. “The more we are out there the more momentum we will generate. It is such a deadly disease. By the time it is detected it is too late.”
The Board of Chosen Freeholders commended the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in their commitment to discovering a cure for this dreaded disease and proclaimed the month of November 2012 as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.