Farlington staff wear purple for pancreatic cancer awareness month

November 18, 2016

Staff at Farlington School wore purple and bought purple cakes recently to support Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and highlight the importance of early diagnosis.

The ‘Wear Purple Day’ was organised by Sue Cooper, Farlington’s Head of Textiles, whose brother, Adrian Bunting, died from pancreatic cancer aged 47. 

Sue says: “He wasn’t diagnosed as having cancer by his doctor, but only when he went to A&E.  There he was told he had only four to five weeks to live.  Sadly, this is true for many. Pancreatic cancer is hard to diagnose and the only hope for any treatment is early diagnosis.”

Just under 9,000 people are diagnosed with it in the UK every year. It has the lowest five-year survival rate of any common cancer and one that has barely improved in 40 years, though Ulster University has recently claimed a new treatment for pancreatic cancer could significantly increase survival rates. More information can be found on the Pancreatic Cancer UK website – www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk.