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Cancer patient Martin Southam was told he had just six months to live when he was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
That was 18 months ago.
Now, as part of Pancreatic Awareness Month, he is urging others to stay vigilant for the deadly cancer.
Jane Hesketh reports.
In Birmingham 252 people are diagnosed with the disease each year, and 50% of diagnoses are made via an emergency presentation at the doctor's.
In the East Midlands, 547 people are diagnosed with the disease each year, and 52% of diagnoses are made via an emergency presentation at the doctor's.
Alexandra Ford, the Chief Executive of Pancreatic Cancer UK, says one of the main symptoms to look out for is jaundice.
Pancreatic Cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death in the UK.
It is the fifth most common cancer in the UK
By 2030 it will replace breast cancer as the 4th biggest cancer killer in the UK
Pancreatic cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the pancreas grow out of control
Only one per cent of cancer research funding is dedicated to it
Just 3% of those diagnosed survive for five years
Martin Southam from Derby was diagnosed with inoperable Pancreatic Cancer in 2012 and told he only had six or seven months to live.
After noticing he had jaundice he went to the doctor and was quickly referred for scans and surgery, but the tumour had grown around key veins and blood vessels. This meant an operation wasn't possible.
He decided to make the most of his remaining time with a trip to America along with his wide and daughters before beginning intensive rounds of chemotherapy. Happily, the tumour has now reduced in size and he's looking forward to becoming what he calls a "ten year survivor".