About 55,440 people in the U.S. – 29,200 men and 26,240 women – will be diagnosed this year with pancreatic cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
About 44,330 people – 23,020 men and 21,310 women – will die of the disease.
Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3 percent of all cancers in America and 7 percent of all cancer deaths.
The Western New York affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network was created to address what some consider “the world’s toughest cancer.”
It will host meeting next for those looking to join the mission in helping to double the pancreatic cancer survival rates by 2020.
Those whose lives have been touched by pancreatic cancer are invited to attend from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday in the Gathering Room of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Amherst.
Those interested in attending are asked to email Lynne Jakubowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.