The median survival rate for stage four pancreatic cancer is between two and six months. The five-year survival rate for stage four pancreatic cancer is 10%. It is estimated that 56,770 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year; 45,750 will die.
Pancreatic cancer is often difficult to diagnose because there are no specific, cost-effective screening tests that can easily and reliably find early-stage pancreatic cancer in people who have no symptoms.
My aunt fought a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer for ten months. Always with a smile on her face and quick-witted comment, she did not let this cancer take her spirit. My aunt was fearless.
And though her battle is over, mine has just begun starting with 13.1 miles in her honor.
I am running the New York City Half Marathon with Project Purple this year to raise money for their mission: a world without pancreatic cancer.