Raising awareness

Some people only hear about pancreatic cancer through personal experience with family and friends.

Pancreatic Cancer has the lowest survival rate among all major cancers.

But…with earlier diagnosis and optimal treatment there is a higher chance of survival.

By raising awareness and sharing the symptoms and risks of pancreatic cancer YOU can help change the pancreatic cancer story.

Within Scotland we promote awareness of pancreatic cancer through advertising and media campaigns, distributing information leaflets and posters and hosting information stands at various types of events.

Everyone can help – from liking and sharing information on social media , to volunteering time to help in the office and/or at events.

Perhaps you would like to share your experience of how pancreatic cancer impacted you and your family – often personal stories inspire others, while at the same time raising awareness.

We would love to hear from people who want to get involved in raising awareness – please connect with us to chat over how you can help.

As a member of Pancreatic Cancer Europe and The World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition we work together with other charities and organisations to raise awareness worldwide and support the mission to drive transformational change for all those affected by pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month takes place in November when various landmarks and buildings will be lit purple – the colour associated with pancreatic cancer across the globe. Largely organised by individuals affected by the disease, the act of lighting up a focal point in a village, town or city symbolises for many a way to remember loved ones who have sadly died of the disease as well as celebrate the lives of those that have survived.

The campaign often results in people talking about why buildings and landmarks are lit purple – which leads to discussions about pancreatic cancer. We work with other charities to light up the UK purple – please check out purplelightsuk.org for more details and great hints and tips.

A key annual date is World Pancreatic Cancer Day on the third Thursday of November, when organisations and community supporters across unite to raise global awareness of pancreatic cancer and inspire action.

On Thursday 16th November 2017, people around the world will unite to Demand Better in the fight against the world’s toughest cancer. The goal is to drive awareness of the symptoms and risks of pancreatic cancer and the urgent need for earlier diagnosis to improve patient outcomes. Working together on this special day, we know that we can make a world of difference and through the combined effort of members of the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition and communities of supporters across the globe; we are bringing greater attention and awareness. Demand Better with us – for better outcomes to this deadly disease. Demand Better – for patients – for survival.