Pancreatic cancer awareness

A man in the Midlands who has been diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer wants to raise awareness of the disease - it's the fifth most common cause of cancer death.

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Pancreatic Cancer: the facts

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

Raising awareness of Pancreatic Cancer

Martin Southam Credit: Pancreatic Cancer UK

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".

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