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Monday, November 12, 2018

Clock Tower and Lightcube light purple for pancreatic cancer awareness

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

Following a request, West Lancashire Borough Council arranged for the structures to be lit up in the second half of 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 to fight pancreatic cancer and to drive for earlier diagnosis and more effective treatments.

Every day, 27 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 is a major contributory factor in low survival rates. Just three per cent of people with most common type of pancreatic cancer will survive beyond five years, according to a major study released by Pancreatic Cancer UK in June 2018.

Early diagnosis increases 5 year chance of survival from less than 7% to 30%, but worryingly in November 2016 Pancreatic Cancer UK stated that 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, that are persistent and not going away, 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 Noel Delaney, 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.”

To find out more about pancreatic cancer please visit Pancreatic Cancer Action (external link).

Ali Stunt, founder and Chief Executive of Pancreatic Cancer Action, is a rare 11-year survivor of the disease that kills 24 people a day.

Ali said: "Lack of attention and awareness of the disease, along with low funding contribute to why survival rates have barely changed in 50 years. However, it is with the help of the public, like the people at West Lancashire Borough Council, that we can change this! 

“We are so grateful to everyone that has helped to light up these two iconic landmarks to raise vital awareness.”

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