Only 3.8 per cent of those diagnosed will survive past five years…
Pancreatic Cancer is the fifth most common cause of death from cancer in men and women in Scotland.
So why has nothing changed?
I fundraiser with a group of girls Eilidh Forrest, Laura Paterson and Hannah Sodden making the Tough Purples. We have all lost someone close to us from Pancreatic Cancer. We want to see change. We want to see more survivors. We want earlier diagnoses.
Myself and Eilidh Forrest recently lost our gran Julie Forrest on the 4th of August 2015 to this terrible disease. After diagnoses we only had eight short weeks. Laura Paterson lost her grandpa, Robert Ralston, tweleve weeks after diagnoses. Hannah Sodden lost her uncle Tommy Clancy, four months after diagnoses. These are all really short timeframes. We recently featured in the Daily Record discussing our experience http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/health-fitness/if-known-signs-maybe-could-9138880
So why is the survival rate so low?
Well… there is a lack of awareness of the signs and symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer. Tough Purples only know through personal experience, some of the symptoms being jaundice, weight loss and back pain. There are also less common systems.
Tough Purples recognised this lack of awareness and funding. So, we decided to fundraiser for Pancreatic Cancer Scotland. We originally decided to take part in Tough Mudder. But then our passion for fundraising grew and we also organised a fundraising event. This was a sell out which 175 people attended raising a total of £2165. We had celebrity, local business and big brands support through sponsorship. We hope our efforts can inspire others to fundraise, with the aim of finding more survivors.
All Tough Purples ask of you today is to spread the word on #WorldPancreaticCancerDay. Show your support through photos, talking, commenting, sharing…ect. We are #inittogether.
All we have is memories of our loved ones.
We want the jounery and stories for people who are diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Let them beat the statistics. So it’s not just a memory for them.