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Join the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and Raise Your Voice in November for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
Date:11/3/2008

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (http://www.pancan.org), the only national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure, launches Raise Your Voice (http://www.pancan.org/raiseyourvoice), a national campaign recognizing Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Raise Your Voice and make every day matter this November by demanding the funding necessary to fight pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

The campaign encourages Americans to join the fight against pancreatic cancer and help increase visibility of the disease in their local community and on Capitol Hill to ensure progress moves forward regarding research and treatment.

This year, more than 38,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and nearly 33,000 will die. Pancreatic cancer is the most lethal cancer in the United States with a five-year survival rate of only 5 percent. Despite the statistics, pancreatic cancer is the most under-funded among leading cancer killers with less than 2 percent of the National Cancer Institute's annual research budget--a figure far too low given the severity of the disease.

To address this disparity the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network launched, in January 2008, Raise the Cure, an unprecedented initiative that combines a commitment to raise $25 million in private funding with a call for the federal government to devote more attention and resources to finding a cure and treatments for pancreatic cancer. The federal component of the plan, called The National Plan to Advance Pancreatic Cancer Research, was developed by the organization's esteemed Scientific Advisory Board to provide a detailed blueprint of the research and federal resources required to make true
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