Pancreatic cancer deaths on the rise

To the Editor:

By 2020, pancreatic cancer is projected to become the second leading cause of cancer-related death. The average five-year survival rate is just 7 percent. Clearly, we must take action. This year, almost 49,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Without increased funding for research, they have little hope for the future because there are no early-detection methods or effective treatment options.

We are ready to Wage Hope against this deadly disease. Please join me on June 23 for the National Call-In and ask Senators Ayotte and Shaheen and Representatives Kuster or Guinta to make cancer research a priority by increasing federal funding for the National Cancer Institute. Cancer research is not a partisan issue. It is an issue that unites us all.

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Kathleen Parker