Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Commissioners Court has proclaimed November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month to call attention to the expected 46,000-plus diagnoses of pancreatic cancer and nearly 40,000 deaths as well as the need to find a cure for the deadly disease.
Representatives from the Austin affiliate of the national Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Network told the Court about the group’s mission to bring attention to the deadly disease, which is often difficult to diagnose and is fast-moving. Advocacy Chair Natalie Dailey, whose father died from the disease only five months after being diagnosed, and her mother, Volunteer Chair Kelli Dailey, thanked the Court for its proclamation and help in spreading awareness.
According to the proclamation, pancreatic cancer is the only major cancer with a five-year relative survival rate in the single digits – 6 percent. When symptoms first appear, the cancer is generally late stage and 73 percent of pancreatic cancer patients die within the first year of their diagnosis, while 94 percent die within the first five years. Approximately 2,440 deaths will occur in Texas in 2014.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the national organization serving the pancreatic cancer community in Hays County and nationwide through a comprehensive approach that includes public policy, research funding, patient services and public awareness and education related to developing effective treatments and a cure.
The Network can be contacted at www.pancan.org or toll-free at 1-877-272-6226.
Below, left to right, Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones, County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Network Advocacy Chair/Austin affiliate Natalie Dailey and Volunteer Chair Kelli Dailey, Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant following the proclamation of November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in Hays County.