Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month – November, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013 • 3:00am
Mayor Anesh each year does a proclamation proclaiming November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month. Pancreatic Cancer is one of the deadliest cancers and is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. It is the only cancer with a five-year relative survival rate in the single digits at just six percent.
The U.S. Congress pass the “Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act” last year, which calls on the National Cancer Institute to develop a scientific framework or strategic plan for pancreatic cancer and other deadly cancers, which will help provide the strategic direction and guidance needed to make true progress against these diseases.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the national organization serving the pancreatic cancer community in South Plainfield and nationwide through a comprehensive approach that includes public policy, research funding, patient services, public awareness, and education related to developing effective treatments and a cure for pancreatic cancer. The Network, and its affiliates in New Jersey, supports those patients currently battling pancreatic cancer, as well as to those who have lost their lives to the disease, and are committed to nothing less than a cure.
Todd Cohen is the media representative for the New Jersey affiliate of the Network and attended the council meeting on Monday, October 21st as he has done each year for many years. Cohen lost his father 11 years ago to pancreatic cancer. Joining him was Marge, Janet, Tanner and Shea Price of South Plainfield who also lost their father in law, husband and grandfather to the disease. Cohen stated, “After seeing what he and so many others have gone through, I vowed to do what I could to try and find a cure for this terrible disease.” Cohen addressed the Mayor and Council as well as the residents in attendance and stated “ It isn’t only my life and the lives of my family members who’ve been touched by this disease. This is a problem that is affecting our entire community. The incidence and death rate for pancreatic cancer are increasing, and pancreatic cancer is anticipated to move from the fourth to the second leading cause of cancer death in the United State by 2020. Moreover, an estimated 1,180 will die from pancreatic cancer in New Jersey alone in 2013, and nationally it is estimated that 38,460 individuals will lose their battle to pancreatic cancer this year. Because there are currently no early detection tools or curative treatments, just 6% of those diagnosed will survive more than 5 years. It is the only major cancer with a five year relative survival rate in the single digits.”
Cohen and the Shea’s thanked the Mayor and Council for their important contribution to the national fight against pancreatic cancer. Cohen announced there will be a vigil at Papaianni Park near the Edison Municipal Complex on Sunday, October 27th at 5:30 pm to honor those fighting the disease and remember those who have been lost. For more information the website is www.purplelight.org
For more information regarding the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network the website is www.pancan.org