State Representative Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland) today presented a resolution on the House floor, recognizing November 2017 as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

House Resolution 294 helps to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer and those who suffer from the illness and their families. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, and it is estimated that more than 53,000 people will be diagnosed with the condition in 2017, with more than 43,000 dying from it.

“Pancreatic Cancer is THE deadliest cancer. The diagnosis is a death sentence for over 90% of people that receive it. Currently, being diagnosed in time for surgery is the only potential for a cure. But since there aren’t really any early warning signs, most people aren’t diagnosed in time for surgery to be an option,” LaTourette said. “We are never going to change these statistics unless we start talking about them. That is why I remain so passionate about sharing a story this isn’t exactly easy to talk about, and why I remain so dedicated to raising awareness in November and all year long.”

Pancreatic cancer awareness is symbolized with a purple ribbon.

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