FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2008

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tina Casey, 908-527-4346




Elizabeth, NJ – Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. It is also a cancer that has resisted improvements in early detection and treatment.
To help build more support for curing this deadly disease, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has declared November 2008 “Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.”

“As a nation, we need to focus more public resources on increasing the chances for surviving a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer,” said Freeholder Chairman Angel Estrada. “We also want New Jersey families to know that information and advocacy are available.”

The incidence of pancreatic cancer is up to 30% higher in men than in women, and up to 50% higher among African Americans than in other ethnic groups.

More information is available from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a national patient advocacy organization founded in 1999 to advance public policy, research, patient services, public awareness, and education related to developing effective treatments and a cure.

To contact the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, call toll-free 877-272-6626, email, or visit Office hours for the national headquarters in California
are Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Pacific Standard Time.