Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Cancer is an abnormal uncontrolled growth of cells in the pancreas.

Pancreatic cancer is often referred to as a 'silent disease' as it is frequently diagnosed in the later stages of growth. This is because the pancreas is located behind the stomach and the cancer can remain undetected until it grows large enough to affect nearby organs. Prognosis is poor for patients with pancreatic cancer, and alarmingly, treatments and survival rates have not changed for almost 40 years.

The Pancreatic Cancer Alliance is a collaborative voice raising awareness of pancreatic cancer in Australia with a long-term view of increasing donor funds to support research.

The cancer begins in the pancreatic ducts and spreads into the body of the pancreas. The surrounding nerves and blood vessels may also be infiltrated with cancerous cells. The cancer can spread to other organs via the lymphatic system.

The Pancreatic Cancer Alliance is a collaborative voice raising awareness of pancreatic cancer in Australia with a long-term view of increasing donor funds to support research.

For more information: head to the Cancer Australia's webpage at http://www.cancer.org.au/

If you are wanting further information on cancer, or wish to speak to a health professional, please contact Brooke Kelly, Cancer Support Nurse at PDH, 55 210 674 or email csn.pdh@swarh.vic.gov.au


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