Posted Monday, October 31st, 2016



(l/r) Freeholders Deborah Smith and Doug Cabana, Sandi Field of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and Freeholders Kathy DeFillippo, Hank Lyon and John Cesaro

The Morris County Freeholders have proclaimed Nov. 17 as World Pancreatic Cancer Day in Morris County, to help call attention to this hard-to-diagnose, quick moving and very deadly disease that will take more than 1,300 lives in New Jersey this year.

 “This is part of a worldwide initiative to deal with the growing problem of pancreatic cancer, one that effects many residents in our state and many people right here in Morris County,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo.

The Freeholder Board also is encouraging county residents to participate in Purple Stride New Jersey 2016, to be held on Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Mack Cali Business Campus in Parsippany. The Purple Stride 5-K run and family friendly walk is the major annual fundraiser for pancreatic cancer research and assistance.

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Field details concerns about pancreatic cancer to the freeholders

Field details concerns about pancreatic cancer to the freeholders

“Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest of all cancers. Early detection is vital to deal with this disease. Unfortunately, the causes of most pancreatic cancers are unknown and symptoms are usually subtle, often attributed to less serious medical conditions,’’ said Sandi Field, chairwoman of the Northern New Jersey Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

“All cancers are awful and dehumanizing,’’ Field added. “Vast numbers of other cancer patients can see remission and cure. Not so with pancreatic cancer, which has a mere 8 percent survival rate. My Mom died within 5 months of her diagnosis. I vowed to take action so other families could be spared the horror she endured that we helplessly watched.”

2015 Purple Stride event

2015 Purple Stride event

An estimated 53,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2016, with some 42,000 expected to die. Pancreatic cancer surpassed breast cancer this year to become the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

Pancreatic cancer is the only major cancer with a five-year relative survival rate that is in the single digits at just eight percent. That is because symptoms of pancreatic cancer generally present themselves in later stages, too late for effective treatment. About 71 percent of pancreatic cancer patients die within the first year of their diagnosis.

Field, a Rockaway resident whose mother recently passed away due to pancreatic cancer, urged county residents to join in the Nov. 13 event that unites the community by raising awareness and support for the fight against pancreatic cancer.

“The good health and well-being of Morris County is enhanced as a direct result of increased awareness about pancreatic cancer and research into early detection, causes, and effective treatments,’’ said Freeholder DeFillippo, who urged all county residents to wear something purple on Nov. 17 to show support for the effort to fight pancreatic cancer.

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