MSP FOR MOTHERWELL & WISHAW LEADS PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE TO RAISE AWARENESS OF PANCREATIC CANCER
Motherwell & Wishaw MSP Clare Adamson this month led a debate on Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month which takes place in November each year, culminating in World Pancreatic Cancer Day on 16 November 2017.
During her opening speech, Ms Adamson paid tribute to the family of William Begley from Shotts, who have been campaigning tirelessly to raise awareness of the disease in memory of their Father. She also spoke of how Pancreatic Cancer has touched a member of her office staff, Nicola McManus, who lost her Mother to the disease.
This year, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month focusses on the campaign ‘Demand Better, For Patients, For Survival’ and aims to raise awareness of the disease, its symptoms and its risk factors. The campaign also encourages people to wear purple, light up local landmarks purple and use purple in social media posts and profiles.
Pancreatic cancer is currently one of the least survivable cancers and there is currently no screening or early detection test for pancreatic cancer, although some are in development. The latest figures show that between 2012 – 2014, 312 people were diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in Lanarkshire alone. During the same period, there were 2,370 diagnoses across Scotland. Early diagnosis and access to treatment can improve survival chances.
Commenting, Clare Adamson MSP said:
“It was a privilege to lead this debate at the Scottish Parliament – I believe that this is the first time the Parliament has debated Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month – and I hope that this helps to raise awareness of the disease.”
“I’m extremely pleased that this debate received cross-party support with moving contributions from across the chamber. I have written to councils across Scotland to ask that they light up some local landmarks purple to help raise awareness of World Pancreatic Cancer Day this month.”
“Pancreatic Cancer UK, survivors and families like those of Mr Begley should be commended for their tireless work to raise awareness of the symptoms and impacts of this terrible disease. I ask that everyone joins them by wearing purple, telling people why they are wearing purple and talking about the disease and its symptoms. It is only by being open and talking about it that we begin to tackle pancreatic cancer”.