November is Pancreatic Cancer month and to show it’s support, Knowsley Council is lighting up the Greystone Footbridge over the M62 with purple lights. The bridge will be lit up on 1 November to launch Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and also again on 17 November to mark World Pancreatic Cancer Day.
Purple is the colour associated with pancreatic cancer and many buildings, landmarks and venues in the UK have been lit up over the last few years. As well as showing support for the awareness month, doing this can symbolise the remembrance of a loved one affected by the disease and the celebration of the lives of those that have survived the disease.
What is pancreatic cancer?
The pancreas is a large gland behind the stomach. It plays a part in the digestion of food and the production of some hormones. While normal, healthy cells grow in a controlled way, pancreatic cancer develops when cells in the pancreas grow out of control and forms a tumour (a lump or growth).
What are the symptoms?
These symptoms may indicate that there is a problem with your pancreas:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Lack of appetite
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes).
- Indigestion and heartburn
- Changes to bowel habits such as fatty stools, diarrhoea and constipation
- Nausea and vomiting
- Persistent stomach and/or back pain
- Difficulty swallowing
When should I seek help?
If you are experiencing jaundice, it is recommended that you visit your GP as soon as possible.
You should visit your GP if you experience any of the other symptoms for four weeks or more.
How can I get involved with Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month?
If you would like to get involved with Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, one of the ways is to ‘Bake a Difference’! Learn more and request your fundraising pack here
You can find more information and support for pancreatic cancer here