Letters: We must fight pancreatic cancer

Over the past 30 years there has been a revolution in science and medicine, resulting in increased survival rates for many diseases but, unfortunately, pancreatic cancer has not benefited from these advances because historically there hasn’t been enough people who know about it.

As a result, pancreatic cancer is the only one of the top cancer killers with a five-year survival rate in the single digits, at just 6 percent. Even more alarming is that the disease is anticipated to move from the fourth- to the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States by 2020, and possibly as early as 2015. We must change this. We can.

November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. I’ve pledged to support the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Vision of Progress to double the pancreatic cancer survival rate by 2020.

Please join our fight as we take a stand to educate, advocate and unite to fight such an aggressive disease. My story is only one of millions. My grandmother was more than a family member; she was my hero. And within a year she went from working full time and being the anchor of my family to being consumed by a disease that has no cure and very little hope of survival.

I ask you today to be a positive avenue by advertising and promoting the importance of increased governmental funding and progressive education to ensure that no mother, father, brother, sister, aunt, uncle or best friend would have to face pancreatic cancer alone.

Now is the time to be a hero in the fight against pancreatic cancer.

Please visit http://www.pancanvision.org to learn more.

Together we can make a difference.

Ashley Wallis

clerical

Baton Rouge