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WBTV News supports World Pancreatic Cancer Day

Anchor Maureen O'Boyle and Chief Meteorologist Eric Thomas Anchor Maureen O'Boyle and Chief Meteorologist Eric Thomas
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

If you noticed members of the WBTV News team wearing purple on air today, November 17, it was no coincidence. Thursday is World Pancreatic Cancer Day. 

It’s a national effort to bring awareness to a disease that is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.

Unfortunately, pancreatic cancer is expected to soon be the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. In fact, in 2016 more people will die from pancreatic cancer than breast cancer in this country.

Sadly, there is currently no reliable method of early detection, making the survival rate one of the lowest of any major cancer. Research from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN) shows only eight percent of people diagnosed with the disease will survive five years or more.

But PANCAN needs us to do more than just wear purple, and the organization has a plan of attack.

They want to increase private and government funding, grow the number of clinical trials, make sure patients understand their tumor and potential treatment, and ensure all doctors are giving patients the best care possible.

WBTV was honored to partner with the local chapter of PANCAN for this year’s PurpleStride 5K to WAGE HOPE. The run had its best participation and fundraising efforts to date! All of this takes awareness and money, one of the reasons Charlotte's PurpleStride is so important to the local chapter.

This year the event raised close to $364,000!

If you think pancreatic cancer hasn’t touched your life, you might be mistaken. It’s one of those cancers that is hard to detect, and hard to successfully treat. In 2016, it’s estimated that 53,070 people will be diagnosed with the disease, and approximately 41,800 will die from pancreatic cancer.

If you would like to learn more about how you can help fight this deadly disease before it strikes someone you know, visit pancan.org/wagehope.

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