November marks Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month and in recognition of this, MSPs recently had the opportunity to visit the Pancreatic Cancer Scotland’s pancan van as it arrived outside the Scottish Parliament.

The van gives people the opportunity to meet members of the organisation and see the awareness-raising activity that they carry out across the country.

Pancreatic cancer is currently the fifth most common cause of cancer death in Scotland and around 10,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with the disease each year however Pancreatic Cancer Scotland have set out a vision for the 2020’s to be the decade of change for the illness.

In an effort to hear more about this work going forward and help the charity in their aims to raise awareness, Derek Mackay MSP stopped by to visit the van outside the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday.

Commenting Derek Mackay MSP, said: “I was glad to be able to make it along to meet the team in the pan van and hear more about their plans for the future and their vision for change in the upcoming decade. Pancreatic cancer is one of the least survivable cancers in Scotland and it is extremely tough to diagnose.

“It is therefore absolutely vital that we have groups out there who have made raising awareness their mission and work tirelessly to this end. The pancan van on its thistle stop tour of Scotland, has been doing extremely positive work in this regard, travelling around the country alerting people to the symptoms of pancreatic cancer and what to look for.”

“This is an illness which is extremely close to my heart. Cancer, in any form, can have devastating effects on a family but the figures related to pancreatic cancer say it all. The more preventative work that takes place, in an effort to improve detection of the illness is welcomed and I have the utmost respect for the efforts of all the hardworking volunteers who work tirelessly to raise awareness of this condition.”