Monday, November 19, 2007

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Right now, as we sit and breath, it is November and it is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Can you feel it?

My mom died three years ago from pancreatic cancer. It was quiet and fast. Less than 3 months from diagnosis to death.

So anyway, pancreatic cancer sucks. Of course, all cancer sucks, and as always, early detection is the best way to survive and even more so with pancreatic cancer,. So check ourself out. Check your balls, check your breasts, ask your doctor to check your internal organs, just be aware.

The 1-year survival rate is 15% and the 5-year survival rate is only 4%.
"These low survival rates are attributable to the fact that fewer than 10% of patients' tumors are confined to the pancreas at the time of diagnosis; in most cases, the malignancy has already progressed to the point where surgical removal is impossible."

That is enough book learning for today. I just wanted to get the word out there, thanks for indulging me.

If you'd like to find out about research being done on pancreatic cancer, please check out the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

This was my mom's garden:

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