Port of Seattle Fire Department wants to help bring awareness to a cancer where only 11% of those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive beyond five years. Early detection is vital, but it often is not found until later stages.
Earlier warning signs are often non-specific and include lack of appetite, dark-colored urine, itchy skin, digestive problems, and pain in the upper abdomen which may extend to the back. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, please see your physician. If you have a family history of pancreatic cancer, talk to your doctor about regular screenings.
Many Port of Seattle Firefighter members and retirees have faced this battle. Some are fighting strong. Others we’ve sadly lost. It’s had a serious impact on all of us.
There are so many ways to get involved. Multiple organizations offer opportunities to fundraise and volunteer. Community engagement groups organize volunteers to help patients and caregivers, while raising awareness. Patient led organizations are involved in government advocacy to increase research funding.