This year’s World Pancreatic Cancer Day occurs on November 16, a day that unites the world with the common goal of demanding better in the fight against the world’s toughest cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is an especially underfunded and underreported disease, receiving less than 2% of overall cancer research funding across Europe. Despite this, this year it will become the third leading cause of cancer related death in the EU. Currently, there is no screening test or early detection method for pancreatic cancer and, even more alarmingly, 64% of Europeans state that they know very little about the disease, making the chances of early diagnosis extremely slim.
Organised by the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition, World Pancreatic Cancer Day started in 2014 as a way to collectively work to raise awareness of the disease. The awareness day quickly became a global success that continued to grow in outreach, visibility, and engagement every year.
It is easy to get involved in World Pancreatic Cancer Day by spreading the word on social media to help educate your family and friends about the disease. You are invited to temporarily change your Facebook and Instagram profile picture to support World Pancreatic Cancer Day and post using the hashtags #WPCD or #worldpancreaticcancerday. Further to this, you can choose to wear purple all day - the colour associated with pancreatic cancer.
About World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition
The World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition is a group of pancreatic cancer patient advocacy groups from around the world, working together to raise global pancreatic cancer awareness and work collaboratively to support each other’s efforts. Now comprising of 60 organizations from over 27 countries across the world, the group collectively hold World Pancreatic Cancer Day every year. Along with the awareness day they individually work towards gaining awareness and research into pancreatic cancer.