Posted Thursday, November 7th, 2013

The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders has proclaimed November to be Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in Morris County.  The freeholders presented the proclamation to Michael Weinstein of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to call attention to the need for more research into a cure for the deadly form of cancer.

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
November 2013

Freeholder Proclamation Declares November to be Pancreatic Cancer Awareness MonthWhereas, an estimated 45,220 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States in 2013, and 38,460 will die from the disease, with approximately 1,180 of those deaths occurring in New Jersey, and

Whereas, pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers, is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and is the only major cancer with a five-year relative survival rate in the single digits at just 6 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, pancreatic cancer is anticipated to move from the fourth to the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. by 2020, and
Whereas, Congress passed the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act in 2012, 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 direction and guidance needed to make true progress against these diseases, and
Whereas, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a national organization serving the pancreatic cancer community in Morris County 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, this organization and its affiliates in Morris Countysupport 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

Now Therefore, I, Thomas J. Mastrangelo, Director of the MorrisCounty Board of Chosen Freeholders, proclaim November 2013 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.

Thomas J. Mastrangelo, Director