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Posted on: November 26, 2014

Pancreatic Cancer Proclamation

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WHEREAS in 2014, an estimated 46,420 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States and 39,590 will die from the disease; and

WHEREAS pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers, is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States and is projected to become the second by 2020; and

WHEREAS a pancreatic cancer is the only major cancer with a five-year relative survival rate in the single digits at just six percent; and

WHEREAS when symptoms of pancreatic cancer present themselves, it is late stage, and 73 percent of pancreatic cancer patients die within the first year of their diagnosis while 94 percent of pancreatic cancer patients die within the first five years; and

WHEREAS approximately 1220 deaths will occur in New Jersey in 2014; and

WHEREAS the “Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act” was signed into law in 2013, which calls on the National Cancer Institute to develop a scientific framework, or strategic plans, for pancreatic cancer and other deadly cancers, which will help provide the strategic direction and guidance needed to make true progress against these diseases; and

WHEREAS the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the national organization serving the pancreatic cancer community in the County of Passaic and nationwide through a comprehensive approach that includes public policy, research funding, patient services, and public awareness and education related to developing effective treatments and a cure for pancreatic cancer; and

WHEREAS the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and its affiliates in Passaic County, support those patients currently battling pancreatic cancer, as well as to those who have lost their lives to the disease, and are committed to nothing less than a cure; and

WHEREAS the good health and well-being of the residents of Passaic County are enhanced as a direct result of increased awareness about pancreatic cancer and research into early detection, causes, and effective treatments; and

WHEREAS in an effort to raise awareness and support for the fight against pancreatic cancer, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will be sponsoring its fifth annual PurpleStride New Jersey, a 5K run/walk which will take participants on a journey of hope and inspiration around Mack-Cali Business Campus on November 9, 2014;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic that the month of November 2014 is hereby designated as “Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month” in the County of Passaic.

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