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Thursday, November 03, 2016

Clock Tower and Lightcube to be lit purple for pancreatic cancer awareness

Ormskirk Clock Tower and the Lightcube in Skelmersdale will shine purple to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.

Following a request, West Lancashire Borough Council has arranged for the structures to be lit up from Saturday 19 November until Wednesday 30 November between dusk and dawn as part of Pancreatic Cancer Action’s ‘turn it purple’ campaign.

Pancreatic Cancer Action aims to raise awareness and funds of pancreatic cancer to drive earlier diagnosis and more effective treatments for pancreatic cancer.

Every day, 26 men and women will be newly-diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The disease is the fifth deadliest cancer in the UK but is often misdiagnosed and patients go to see their GP 13 times on average before the disease is correctly identified. This leads to sufferers being faced with a shockingly low 5% chance of survival and an average life expectancy of just three to six months.

Correct early diagnosis increases the chance of survival tenfold, but according to Pancreatic Cancer UK 74 per cent of people in the UK cannot name a single symptom of pancreatic cancer. If you or a member of your family have one or more of the following symptoms then you should seek medical advice:

  • Mid-back pain
  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Pain on eating
  • Indigestion
  • New onset diabetes
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Pale and smelly stools
  • Jaundice
  • Low mood or depression

Councillor Liz Savage, Mayor of West Lancashire, said: “West Lancashire Borough Council is delighted to be taking part in turn it purple again this year. Ormskirk Clock Tower and the Lightcube in Sklelmersdale are two of our borough’s most distinctive landmarks and we hope lighting up these two structures will increase awareness of pancreatic cancer.”

Although November as a whole is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month Ormskirk Clock Tower and The Lightcube will be lit purple from 19 November to 30 November. This is because the structures are being lit red by the Council between 1 July 2016 and 18 November 2016 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

To find out more about pancreatic cancer please visit www.pancreaticcanceraction.org.

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