YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Friday is World Pan Cancer Awareness Day. In honor of the day, many are wearing purple to show support to those suffering with the disease and to raise awareness.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network estimates 134 Americans are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The survival rate is extremely low too.
Nicole Billak lost her sister to the disease two years ago. All this week, she’s been selling purple beads at Canfield Middle School.
“Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in America. Seventy two percent who are diagnosed pass away within the first year,” said Billak. “We just don’t have enough funding dollars, and there is no early detection method.”
Last week, Mahoning County commissioners presented Billak with a proclamation for raising awareness about pancreatic cancer.