Top tips for healthcare professionals

The Campaign

The Pancreatic Cancer Aware campaign, which is funded and promoted by Pancreatic Cancer Action, is designed to help healthcare professionals, and the public, recognise the signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer so that more people are diagnosed early.

Pancreatic cancer is the UK’s fifth biggest cancer killer. Currently, only five per cent of those diagnosed survive beyond five years. However, for those diagnosed in time for surgery, their chance of surviving beyond five years increases to 30 per cent.

Primary care professionals play a vital role in spotting potential symptoms of pancreatic cancer to aid early diagnosis, which can significantly improve a patient’s chance of surviving the disease. 

However, at Pancreatic Cancer Action, we understand that diagnosis is not always easy. We offer a range of resources to support you and your patients, including information on symptoms, risks, diagnosis and training.  

Why Awareness is needed

There is a chronic lack of awareness of pancreatic cancer among the public and healthcare professionals:

  • According to a public awareness survey carried out by Research Now in February 2017, which was commissioned by us, just 6% of the UK public say they know a lot about pancreatic cancer and its symptoms.

  • A mere 3% of GPs admitted to feeling confident and informed about pancreatic cancer and its symptoms. This was according to a survey of 400 GPs carried out by Research Now in October 2015.

BBC South Today report on GP Survey

Get In Touch

If you would like to get in touch, please fill our contact form or contact the Pancreatic Cancer Action office on 0303 040 1770.