Posted Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
November 2011

Whereas, an estimated 44,030 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States in 2011, and 37,660 will die from the disease, with approximately 1,140of those deaths occurring in New Jersey, and

Whereas, of all the racial/ethnic groups in the United States, African Americans have the highest incidence rate of pancreatic cancer, between 34 percent and 70 percent higher than the other groups, and

Whereas, pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers and is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States with no cure and with no significant improvements in survival rates in the last 40 years, and

Whereas, the Federal Government invests significantly less money in pancreatic cancer research than it does in any of the other leading cancer killers, and pancreatic cancer research constitutes only approximately 2 percent of the National Cancer Institute’s federal research funding, and

Whereas, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the first and only national patient advocacy organization that serves the pancreatic cancer community in Morris County and nationwide by focusing its efforts on public policy, research funding, patient services, public awareness and education related to developing effective treatments and a cure for pancreatic cancer, and

Whereas, this organization and its affiliates in Morris County support those patients battling pancreatic cancer, as well as 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 Morris County are enhanced as a direct result of increased awareness about pancreatic cancer and research into early detection, causes and effective treatments;

Now Therefore, I, William J. Chegwidden, Director of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, proclaim November 2011 to be Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in Morris County, and commend the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network for its commitment to finding a cure for this disease.

William J. Chegwidden, Director