Inger Brane and Charlotte Garrett, of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network are asking Lee’s Summit residents to get informed about pancreatic cancer.
On Nov. 7 Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads read a proclamation for them at the City Council meeting for National Pancreatic Cancer Month.
Brane, of Lee’s Summit, is a volunteer for the Pancreatic Cancer Network. Her sister, Lisa Stockam from Joplin, died of the disease in January and Brane said she is trying to raise awareness.
She said it is unacceptable that a cancer for which the relative five-year survival rate is still in the single digits at just six percent, particularly when considering that 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 United States by 2020, they said, and this year alone the disease will claim the lives of 820 people who live in Missouri.
Brane and Garrett said it is essential to make research into pancreatic cancer a priority in this country so there is progress made toward better treatment options, early detection, and a cure.
Purple is the color for pancreatic cancer, and they are encouraging everyone to wear purple this month to promote awareness.
For more information go to http://pancreaticcancerfoundation.com/.