November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

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 Oct. 24 workshop meeting declaring November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in Monmouth County. November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

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 45,220 people in the United States will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and it is estimated that 38,460 will die from the disease. Annually, 73 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 Thomas A. Arnone 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, so 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.

“The question is what we can do as a population to bring it more to the forefront,” Rothstein said. “November is awareness month. Wear purple on Nov. 15, put a purple ribbon in your window or attend an event.”

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 2013 as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.