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STOMP on pancreatic cancer

June 13, 2014 

Dear Editor,

While the five-year survival rate for cancer overall is 68 percent, the five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer remains bleak, at just 6 percent. In fact, a recent Pancreatic Cancer Action Network study indicates pancreatic cancer will become the nation’s second leading cause of cancer-related death by 2020. Time is of the essence if we are going to keep this prediction from becoming a reality.

On June 17, advocates from Missouri and Kansas, including myself, will join nearly 500 individuals from across the country on Capitol Hill for the eighth annual Pancreatic Cancer Advocacy Day to meet with our members of Congress and urge them to stomp on pancreatic cancer by stepping up federal research funding for the National Cancer Institute.

Please join thousands in contacting Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt and Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver on June 17 for a national call-in to add your voices to those in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.pancan.org/nationalcallin

It’s time for Congress to STOMP on pancreatic cancer and step up federal research funding.

Charlotte Garrett,

Greenwood

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