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Farron calls for more action on pancreatic cancer after debate

September 10, 2014 12:18 PM

Tim in WestminsterSouth Lakes MP Tim Farron, after a debate on pancreatic cancer, has spoken about the need for better awareness, earlier diagnosis and increased research for pancreatic cancer.

His call comes on the back of the backbench Parliamentary debate. The debate was called after an e-petition organised by Mrs Maggie Watts - whose husband died from pancreatic cancer back in 2009 - reached the necessary 100,000 signatures to trigger a debate in Parliament.

Maggie and more than 50 pancreatic campaigners attended Parliament to listen to the debate and to meet with MPs and others to raise awareness. The debate was also attended by Julie Hesmondhalgh, whose Coronation Street character Hayley Cropper took her own life after battling pancreatic cancer.

Tim said: "The survival rate for those suffering from Pancreatic Cancer is extremely worrying. Something must be done to change this for future pancreatic patients.

I hope that the more we do to raise awareness for this disease, like the debate in Parliament this week, the more progress we will see for future sufferers."

Pancreatic cancer is the fifth biggest cancer killer in the UK. Every day, 24 people are diagnosed with the disease and they currently face a chance of survival of less than 4%, the lowest survival rate of all 21 common cancers. Chronic late diagnosis results in many patients being diagnosed at a point when the cancer has spread to other parts of their body and when curative surgery is no longer an option. Despite being responsible for 5.2% of cancer deaths in the UK, only £5.2 million, representing just 1% of the National Cancer Research Institute's partner organisations' 2013 site-specific budgets, was spent on pancreatic cancer research.