Pancreatic Cancer Action, and Pancreatic Cancer Scotland have a shared vision for the 2020’s to be The Decade of Change.
The proposal to merge, brings together two organisations, managed by two women, each of whom have their own personal story and connection to pancreatic cancer.
Approximately 800 people a year are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in Scotland. While death rates are declining for many other cancers, death rates are increasing for pancreatic cancer.
In Scotland, 781 patients died from pancreatic cancer in 2017, and 811 in 2018. ISD (Information Services Division) Scotland have predicted a 49.9% increase in incidence by 2027.
Ali Stunt, founder and CEO of Pancreatic Cancer Action (PCA), is a 12-year survivor of pancreatic cancer. Glasgow-based Fiona Brown, Development Manager of Pancreatic Cancer Scotland (PCS), lost her mum at age 56 in 2003 to the disease.
This year both charities mark their 10th anniversary and their shared vision to make the 2020’s the decade for change for Pancreatic Cancer,is bold and ambitious, driven by a need to improve survival rates for the world’s toughest cancer.
Both organisations were founded in 2010 out of a need for a pancreatic cancer charity focusing on improving symptom awareness, early diagnosis and patient care in Scotland and the UK.
Helped by a wide community of passionate supporters, the charities have grown organically enabling them to make huge strides in advancing support, healthcare, awareness, research and education.
However, there is much work still to be done. Of all the major cancers, pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rates and these numbers have barely changed in the last five decades.
Main Image: (Left to Right) Fiona Brown and Ali Stunt