Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano presented a proclamation to Ruth Shu, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Network Volunteer and Survivor, on Tuesday, November 29th, proclaiming November Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. The dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola was illuminated purple on November 17th in honor of World Pancreatic Cancer Day.
“I’d like to thank Ruth Shu and the members of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network for their hard work and for joining us here as we proclaim November Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month,” said County Executive Mangano. “The good health and well-being of the residents of Nassau County are enhanced as a direct result of increased awareness about Pancreatic Cancer and research into early detection, causes, and effective treatments.”
Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, and the 7th most common cause of cancer-related deaths across the world. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 53,070 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2016, and 41,780 will die from the disease.
Pancreatic cancer is a common cancer, however, it is very difficult to detect early and even more difficult to treat. Although researchers are unsure as to what exactly causes pancreatic cancer, known risk factors of the disease have been identified such as smoking and diabetes. If you need additional information on the risk factors or treatments available, visit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s website at www.pancan.org.
In photo: Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano presents a proclamation to Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Network Volunteer & Survivor Ruth Shu and her son Theodore