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Weekly Edition - Published  28 October 2016

 

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The North West to Turn Purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

ICONIC buildings and landmarks throughout the North West of England, including Steve Prescott Bridge, are taking part in Pancreatic Cancer Actionís Turn It Purple campaign to raise awareness of the UKís 5th biggest cancer killer; pancreatic cancer. The buildings will be lighting up purple in support of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and to pay tribute to all those who suffer or have lost their battle to the disease.

Every year, almost 9,000 men and women will be newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and due to late diagnosis, they will be faced with an average life expectancy of just 3 to 6 months. In 2013 the North West had 1,071 cases of pancreatic cancer and with the shockingly low survival rate of just 4% at the time, sadly only 42 of those diagnosed survived.

The landmarks taking part include:- Blackpool Tower, the Town Hall Clock Faces in Chorley, the Clock Tower in Ormskirk, County Hall in Preston, the Lightcube Roundabout in Skelmersdale and the Steve Prescott Bridge in St Helens.

By turning purple, these landmarks will help generate discussion and awareness of pancreatic cancer and its symptoms which could ultimately save lives. It is also a way to pay tribute to all those who suffer or have lost their battle to the disease.

Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council said:- "When we were approached to light up one of our buildings we had no hesitation in doing so as this is a very worth cause. We did it for the 1st time last year and we will be lighting the Town Hall clock faces purple for the whole month of November."

Pancreatic Cancer Actionís turn it purple campaign calls for businesses and individuals to highlight the 5th deadliest cancer in the UK by embracing purple; the symbolic colour for pancreatic cancer, by lighting:- wearing, making and displaying purple in their community.

Supporters of the charity David Brown and Mary Whitby have been determined to light up the North West in memory of loved ones lost to pancreatic cancer.

Focal points lighting up purple to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer has become increasingly popular in the last few years, which is why Pancreatic Cancer Action has joined forces with Pancreatic Cancer UK, Pancreatic Cancer Scotland and other UK charities to light up the UK purple in a joint campaign:- 'Purple Lights for Pancreatic Cancer.' All these charities and their supporters are actively trying to get as many Towns and Cities across the UK, to light up purple. All the buildings taking part are featured on the Purple Lights for Pancreatic Cancer website, PurpleLightsUK.Org, including those taking part in Pancreatic Cancer Actionís Turn It Purple campaign.

Ali Stunt, CEO at Pancreatic Cancer Action, said:- "Each year we are overwhelmed by the huge numbers of supporters who embrace the colour purple to raise awareness. We delighted that these iconic buildings in the North West are taking part. Itís thanks to their participation that the event will become a success and more people will become aware."

To take part in turn it purple or to find out more about pancreatic cancer please visit:- PancreaticCancerAction.Org.

 

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