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 encouraged county residents to participate in Purple Stride New Jersey 2016, which was held on Sun., 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.
“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.”
“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 urge all county residents to wear something purple on Nov. 17 to show support for the effort to fight pancreatic cancer.