Make pancreatic cancer treatment a priority

It is unacceptable that there is a cancer for which the relative five-year survival rate is still in the single digits at just six percent, particularly when the overall five-year relative survival for all cancers is now 68 percent.

Pancreatic cancer is anticipated to move from the fourth to the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. by 2020. In 2013, this terrible disease will claim the lives of 530 people who live in Connecticut.

Pancreatic cancer patients and their loved ones cannot wait any longer. It is essential that we make research into pancreatic cancer a priority in this country so that real progress can be made toward better treatment options, early detection and a cure.

I volunteer for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in my dad's memory and am grateful to the Town of Groton for introducing a proclamation that recognizes November as National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. The proclamation raises awareness about this devastating disease and encourages our elected officials to make fighting pancreatic cancer a priority.

We must support our fellow citizens who have been afflicted by this disease and advocate for greater awareness and more resources to fight pancreatic cancer. For more information visit www.pancan.org.

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