It is estimated that more than 46,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year, and more than 39,000 will die from the disease. It is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths, with a relative five-year survival rate of just 6 percent. Pancreatic cancer has the lowest relative five-year survival rate of any major cancer.
Historically, pancreatic cancer research has been underfunded. Only approximately 2 percent of the National Cancer Institute's (NCIs) budget is allocated to this leading killer. We know from the relatively high survival rates associated with breast cancer and HIV/AIDS that federal research funding levels matter in the fight to find new cures and directly relate to improved survival rates.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, founded in 1999, is a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer has impacted many of us in one way or another, so finding a cure for this disease has been a cause near and dear to my heart. In April 2011, this cancer hit close to home when my dad was diagnosed. In January 2013, my father lost his battle. In his honor, I started Team Big Dipper. This is our second annual 5K to fundraise for a great cause with the next upcoming event on June 14, 2014.
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Sepideh Behramco-chair of the U.S. Capital Chapter Board