Blackpool South MP Scott Benton met this week with representatives of the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK.
The charity wished to raise awareness of this illness with Parliamentarians and to draw attention to the valuable work the charity carries out.
The charity states:
- It is the 10th most common cancer in the UK.
- Around 10,500 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the UK each year.
- The symptoms of pancreatic cancer include pain in your tummy or back, losing weight without meaning to, loss of appetite, indigestion, jaundice (yellow eyes and skin), and changes to your bowel habits.
- Pancreatic cancer is more common in older people. More than 45 out of 100 people diagnosed (more than 45%) are aged 75 and over.
- If you have any of the other symptoms and you don’t know why you have them, go to your GP or contact NHS 111. NHS 111 will give you advice and arrange for you to talk to a doctor if you need to.
The local MP stated:
“I was glad to attend this meeting and to learn more about the vital work of Pancreatic Cancer UK.”
“The charity have a support line of specialist nurses you can call If you, or a loved one, are facing pancreatic cancer. You can call 0808 801 0707 or email email@example.com ”