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WWL works with partners for Pancreatic Awareness Month

01 November 2017




























The iconic Face of Wigan statue has had a makeover to raise awareness of Pancreatic Cancer.

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) Chairman, Robert Armstrong was joined by the Mayor of Wigan, Councillor Bill Clarke, and Chief Executive of Wigan Council, Donna Hall, with other representatives from the Trust and Council,  to unveil the Face’s new purple-coloured mask that will be in place for the whole of November; Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

Robert said: “The Face’s new mask is a great example of partnership working between the Council and the Trust to both raise awareness of pancreatic cancer and help Wigan patients be more aware of the services available to them.

“Because the council is so innovative and forward thinking, we want to work closely to really improve services for every citizen in the borough.

“But the most important thing is to get checked out if you suspect anything, don't be a cancer chancer.

With November being Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month, World Pancreatic Cancer Day will be marked on November 16 with the ‘Turn It Purple’ campaign calling for businesses and individuals to embrace purple; the symbolic colour for pancreatic cancer.

By shining purple lights on buildings or other structures in their community, wearing purple at the office, at home or at school or donating to life-saving research, more awareness and understanding about the illness will allow more people to be diagnosed in time for surgery – currently the only potential for a cure.

Donna Hall said; “There is a lot of trust and respect between Wigan Council and WWL.

“Pancreatic cancer is not really talked about very often, but for those of us who have lost friends and family, it is the most devastating disease because it is so quick.

“We are lucky to have such a great hospital in Wigan where residents in the borough can go for a quick check if needed so if you have any kind of symptoms do go and get checked out.”

Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year; out of which four million die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years).

Vicki Stevenson-Hornby, a Macmillan HPB Clinical Nurse Specialist, who works for WWL, said: “Pancreatic Cancer has the worst survival rate of the 22 most common cancers, yet so many people do not know anything about the pancreas, or what it does, and are unaware of the early signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer.

“The Face’s new mask should raise a fantastic amount of awareness – the more people can know about pancreatic cancer, and the more they can be aware of early symptoms and by detecting pancreatic cancer earlier, the potential survival rate will significantly improve.”

Mayor Councillor Bill Clarke said: “I hope people notice the Face and become aware of pancreatic cancer and the services available to people in the borough.”

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Should you be concerned, please contact your GP urgently.