Deadly cancer needs research

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Pancreatic cancer remains the only major cancer with a single-digit five-year survival rate at just 6 percent. At present, the federal government has no long-term comprehensive research strategy to combat pancreatic cancer and dedicates very little funding to pancreatic cancer research compared to other major cancers. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a national organization fighting this disease in a comprehensive way has a vision to double the pancreatic cancer survival rate by 2020, through increasing its efforts to raise awareness, support patients and intensify advocacy efforts. My mom passed away just weeks after feeling ill at the young age of 67 years old. In fact, we were waiting for her diagnosis when she passed away at my home. It was that fast. Pancreatic cancer is a devastating disease that gets little attention in the media. As a volunteer for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, I am working to raise awareness about this terrible disease. Please join me in contacting our members of Congress, and educate them on the urgency of passing the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act. Together, we can make a difference in the fight against pancreatic cancer. Tami Pink, Granite Bay