Motherwell and Wishaw MSP Clare Adamson was delighted to host a reception in the Scottish Parliament to mark Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

Each year across Scotland, around 800 people are diagnosed with and 750 people die from pancreatic cancer. It is the 6th most common cause of cancer death in Scotland with a five-year relative survival rate of just 3.8%. Catching the disease early can improve a patient’s chance for survival by giving them access to potentially curative surgery. It is therefore worrying that a ComRes survey, published recently, found that 74% of people in the UK cannot name a single symptom of the disease.

Commenting, Ms Adamson said:

“This is a very cruel disease but early diagnosis can improve a patients chance of survival by giving them access to early treatment and I would urge anyone with worrying symptoms to go and see their GP.

I commend the work being done by charities such as Pancreatic Cancer UK and Pancreatic Cancer Scotland in supporting patients and their families through what can be a very difficult time.  They also provide vital funding for research into pancreatic cancer and work to improve healthcare standards in Scotland and across the UK. 

I also welcome the Scottish Government’s £4m investment to set up a precision medicine ecosystem that will hopefully see researchers across the country working in a co-ordinated way by sharing information and data to lead the fight against conditions such as pancreatic cancer”.


Date: 9 December 2016

Copyright 2015 Clare Adamson MSP