4 February 2014
Macmillan Cancer Support welcomes the launch today [Tuesday] of Pancreatic Cancer Action’s new advertising campaign encouraging the public to visit their doctor if they spot the symptoms of pancreatic cancer. Professor Jane Maher, Joint Chief Medical Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'Survival rates are particularly poor for pancreatic cancer, in part because its signs and symptoms are very hard to spot. We must ensure more people are diagnosed at an early stage to give them the best possible chance of recovery.
'I hope this campaign will help more people to recognise those early signs and encourage them to visit their GP if they have any concerns.
'Macmillan has been working with GPs to develop a tool to support them in calculating a patient’s risk of having a number of cancers, including pancreatic. This is being rolled out across the UK and we believe it will help to improve earlier diagnosis of rarer, harder to diagnose cancers like pancreatic.'
For further information, please contact:
Claire Keuls, Senior Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4872 (out of hours 07801 307068)
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