Town hall to be lit purple in honour of those affected by pancreatic cancer

ONE of Tameside’s most important buildings is to be lit purple to recognise those whose lives have been affected by pancreatic cancer.

Dukinfield Town Hall will be shone in purple light on World Pancreatic Cancer Day, Thursday, November 19.

Dukinfield Town Hall. Photo by Tameside Council

This is the 11th most common cancer in England and around 8,500 people are diagnosed every year in the UK.

While doctors can’t confirm what causes pancreatic cancer, there are some things that increase the risk of developing it. These include being in middle or older age, smoking, regularly drinking a lot of alcohol, being overweight and physically inactive, having had a different cancer before, and having a family history of the disease.

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer include pain or discomfort that begins in the abdomen and spreads to the back, feeling sick, jaundice and weight loss. However, it may not cause these symptoms for a very long time.

Cllr Eleanor Wills, Tameside Council executive member for population health and social care, said: “A pancreatic cancer diagnosis can be a terrible shock for individuals and families but you don’t have to face it alone. There is some fantastic support across Tameside for people who have cancer and their families.

“I urge anyone who thinks they have symptoms to make an appointment with their GP immediately.”

Additional advice and support is available through Pancreatic Cancer UK by calling 0808 801 0707, emailing nurse@pancreaticcancer.org.uk or visiting https://www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/.

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