Pancreatic cancer affects the ability of the pancreas to assist in the digestion and breakdown of food and the production of insulin and other hormones that help control the level of sugar in the blood.
Madam Speaker, pancreatic cancer can strike anyone, regardless of age, gender or circumstances and has one of the lowest survival rates of any cancer.
Pancreatic cancer can be cured when diagnosed early. However, this type of cancer is seldom detected in its early stages because symptoms may not appear until the disease is quite advanced.
This is one of the major reasons pancreatic cancer is a leading cause of cancer related deaths in the world.
Craig’s Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society is a voluntary charitable society in Canada whose mission is to provide information and support to those with pancreatic cancer and their families;
to create awareness and educate both the general public and health professionals about the disease, and to raise research funds that will help lead to earlier detection, and better treatments and quality of life for patients.
Therefore, Madam Speaker, I hereby proclaim that today, November 13th, 2014, shall be recognized as World Pancreatic Cancer Day in the Province of Prince Edward Island.
It is my hope that World Pancreatic Cancer Day will help to raise awareness about this terrible disease and lead to more research and earlier detection and treatment.
Thank you Madam Speaker.