Purple Lights for Pancreatic Cancer
Published: 23 October 2018
We are supporting Pancreatic Cancer Awareness by lighting Neath Castle purple and we hope to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer during the month of November.
If you'd like to get involved with Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer, visit their website - http://purplelightsuk.org
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Castle will glow with purple light from Monday, 12th November 2018 as
part of the Purple Lights for pancreatic
cancer campaign. Organised by individuals affected by the disease, the
campaign is a way to remember loved ones lost to pancreatic cancer, as well as
celebrate the lives of those who have survived and raise vital awareness of the
disease during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer is supported by charities Pancreatic Cancer UK, Pancreatic Cancer Action, Pancreatic Cancer Scotland, Planets and Guts UK. The campaign involves the act of lighting purple focal points in villages, towns and cities all over the UK in November, which is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
Almost 10,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the UK each year. Sadly, less than 7% of those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive five years or more, and despite being the UK’s fifth biggest cancer killer, the disease receives less than 3% of UK cancer research funding.
Cllr Mark Protheroe, Neath Town Council Mayor said: “We are delighted to be raising awareness of this dreadful disease, which is particularly personal to me, by taking part in the Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer campaign. We hope that by lighting up Neath Castle in purple, we will help put a spotlight on a disease that many people still know so very little about.”
Nic Dakin, MP for Scunthorpe and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Pancreatic Cancer said: “Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer is a striking and effective way to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer in November. 24 people die a day from pancreatic cancer and the disease has the lowest survival rate of the 20 common cancers, so it is vital that people find out more about it. We’d like to thank all those who are supporting the campaign and helping to light up the UK in purple this November.”