Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month – Amory School District

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

By Lillian Mae Gallop, Prowl News

What do you think the pancreas does for your body?

 “I don’t know … is it like what helps you digest stuff or something?” student Sophia Wren says.  

The function and location of the pancreas  are not common knowledge.  Because of this, a lot of people are unaware of the many symptoms of pancreatic cancer.  In addition to this, researchers have been unable to find a research tool that enables them to detect this type of cancer in its early stages.  This contributes to why pancreatic cancer is the most lethal of all major diseases.  In fact, in all stages, the survival rate is very low.  

As far as treatment, many advancements are being made.  Researchers are currently examining different types of immunotherapy as potential treatment options.  Other treatments such as surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy are used to relieve symptoms and lengthen life expectancy.  

The month of November serves as a time to educate the public about the symptoms and risks of pancreatic cancer.  World Pancreatic Cancer day is observed on November 18th as a time to raise money for research.  

To help, you can donate to The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.  When purchasing from AmazonSmile, 0.5% of your purchase can go to research if you choose the Pancreatic Cancer Action network as your charity of choice.  To help raise awareness, you may also host your own event.  To find out how you can help make a difference, go to pancreatic.org to learn more.