18 February 2015

Stevenson Supports Pancreatic Cancer Charities in Scottish Parliament

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, showed his support for improved Pancreatic Cancer research, awareness, diagnosis, treatment and care by visiting an exhibition at the Scottish Parliament this week.
Stewart Stevenson MSP with Kim Rowan,
who is a supporter and volunteer with both charities
The exhibition stand was manned by representatives of Pancreatic Cancer UK and Pancreatic Cancer Scotland, and included information about the disease as well as a ten point plan from Pancreatic Cancer UK, calling for faster diagnosis and a better patient experience.

Mr Stevenson said:

“I was pleased to be able to show my support for pancreatic cancer patients, and the charities who work on their behalf, by visiting the awareness stand in Parliament.

“It is important to learn more about what needs to be done to change pancreatic cancer’s shockingly low survival rates, which have been far too low for far too long.”

One person across the UK is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer every single hour. In Scotland, pancreatic cancer is the sixth biggest cause of cancer death, with 770 cases diagnosed, and 742 deaths recorded in 2012. Five year survival rates in Scotland are just 3.2 per cent, which is below the UK average of 4 per cent. These are the lowest survival rates of the 21 most common cancers.

David Park, Head of Campaigns and Policy at Pancreatic Cancer UK added:

“Pancreatic cancer has the worst survival outcomes of any of the most common cancers and we need to do more to improve pancreatic cancer awareness, diagnosis, research, treatment and care across Scotland and the rest of the UK.

“Pancreatic Cancer UK is grateful to Mr Stevenson for taking the time to visit our exhibition in Parliament and we hope that with increased political awareness, there will be positive and practical change for patients and their families in the future.”

Pancreatic cancer is still the fifth most common cause of cancer deaths in the UK yet receives only one per cent of the total cancer research spend.

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