The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 21, 2012

Your View: Increasing odds for pancreatic cancer victims

By Susan Cook
Special to The Globe

JOPLIN, Mo. — Cancer is a disease that affects millions and can be devastating, but because of progress in medical technology, most forms of cancer can now successfully be treated. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about pancreatic cancer. For many, it is a death sentence. In fact, only 6 percent of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive five years.

This must change. And the good news is that it can. Congress is currently debating the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act. The legislation will require that the National Cancer Institute draw up a long-term comprehensive strategy to address pancreatic cancer with a focus on increasing the current survival rate.

The goal is achievable, but Congress must act. On June 26, citizens from around the country will unite and call on members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to help bring an end to this deadly disease (visit www.knowitfightitendit.org for more info).

With your support we can give every person diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a fighting chance. Please join me in urging Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt and Rep. Billy Long to pass the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act, so that thousands more won’t pass away.

Susan Cook

Joplin