ONE OF THE MOST DEADLIEST CANCERS
There's just no other way to put it — a diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer is usually a death sentence. While Pancreatic Cancer is gaining greater awareness as a result of the diagnosis in notable individuals including Apple's Steve Jobs, Jeopardy's Alex Trebek, and Marriott's Arne Sorenson — few advances have been made in the ability to cure or maintain extended ongoing treatment for those afflicted with this disease. Here are some recent facts:
About 57,600 people (30,400 men and 27,200 women) will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2020. Approximately 47,050 people (24,640 men and 22,410 women) will die of pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers in the US and about 7% of all cancer deaths.
Compared with many other cancers, the combined five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer — the percentage of all patients who are living five years after diagnosis — is very low at just 5 to 10 percent. This is because far more people are diagnosed as stage IV when the disease has metastasized.
We want to start a greater conversation about finding a cure for Pancreatic Cancer and will donate 12% of the proceeds from every purchase to Pancreatic Cancer research.
Susan Lost Her Battle In Just Four Short Months
Susan was a vibrant 56-year-old woman who exercised regularly and loved life. What started out as a pain in her lower back in August — what she and her doctors attributed to a pulled muscle from Jazzercise — progressively grew worse until by Thanksgiving she had lost a significant amount of weight and had trouble keeping certain foods down.
Misdiagnosis after misdiagnosis continued to frustrate Susan until on New Year's Eve she was doubled over in pain and went to the emergency room. After myriad tests, doctors diagnosed her with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer and she died 4 months and 7 days later, having spent the majority of that time in the hospital undergoing both chemo treatments and other life saving measures as she dealt with a worsening condition including jaundice, liver blockages, sepsis, ascites, and more.
Susan is the sister of A Case For Good's founder and her sudden diagnosis and death from Pancreatic Cancer — just four months after the death of their Mom from Alzheimer's Disease — shed light on these horrific and terminal illnesses.