Around 80 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer every year in Cyprus, the Association of Cancer Patients and Friends (PASYKAF) said on Tuesday, on the occasion of World Pancreatic Cancer Day, on November 15.
Globally, 1,250 people are diagnosed everyday with pancreatic cancer worldwide, and about 1,180 people will lose their lives from this disease.
According to PASYKAF, pancreatic cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to treat as it cannot be easily detected at its early stage.
PASYKAF’s Althea campaign, with the slogan ‘Demand better. For patients. For survival,’ seeks to increase the survival chances of people with pancreatic cancer as well as to improve their quality of life and of those close to them.
Althea said they want to raise awareness about the disease, risk factors and symptoms by putting the issue in the public debate.
For this reason, the group said, this year’s Pasykaf Althea’s campaign aims to raise awareness among doctors in order to identify early symptoms for a timely diagnosis and treatment.
“Since there is no early detection method, the diagnosis is made when the disease is already advanced and this makes it difficult to treat, hence increased mortality rates,” the group said. Althea’s primary objective is the reduction of new cases and deaths due to pancreatic cancer.
Risk factors for pancreatic cancer are smoking, chronic pancreatitis, family history, diabetes. The cancer is more likely to affect people aged over 50.
“Knowing these risk factors is a step closer to prevention and early diagnosis,” PASYKAF concluded.