About Pancreatic Cancer

PANCREATIC CANCER FACTS, STATISTICS AND EFFORTS

  • Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
  • By 2020 it is projected pancreatic cancer will rise to the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
  • Pancreatic cancer is the only major cancer that continues to have a 5-year relative survival rate in the single digits, at just 6 percent.
  • The 6 percent 5-year survival rate has remained unchanged for the last 40 years.
  • Pancreatic cancer will strike more than 43,000 Americans this year, 74% of whom will die within a year of diagnosis.
  • While overall cancer incidence and death rates are declining, the incidence of and death rate for pancreatic cancer have been increasing.
  • The number of new pancreatic cancer cases is projected to increase by 55% over the next 20 years.
  • There are currently no broadly accepted early detection tools.
  • Effective pancreatic cancer treatments remain limited but stand to improve with the incorporation of biologically targeted therapy.

Wings Of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research
Mission

WINGS OF HOPE for PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH is a non-profit foundation dedicated to raising awareness and funding for pancreatic cancer research and programs at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

In February 2013 the University of Colorado Cancer Center entered into a formal partnership with WINGS OF HOPE, with both entities combining efforts to have the University of Colorado Cancer Center become the regional hub and national destination for pancreatic cancer research.

Helping accomplish this goal is the University of Colorado Cancer Center’s multifaceted approach which encompasses the multidisciplinary care of all pancreatic cancer patients.  The care of their patient population is supported by an active research program involving both clinical and basic science research with a focus on translating basic science research findings into clinical research programs that directly impacts patient care.

The donations and fund raising efforts of WINGS OF HOPE are to advance the ongoing pancreatic cancer research being conducted at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.   The foundation’s focused effort not only helps better define priorities, but also makes a definitive statement as to the critical urgency and need for pancreatic cancer research to continue at an accelerated pace.

As the most underfunded, under-recognized and least studied of all deadly cancers, WINGS OF HOPE for PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH is committed to bringing awareness to this disease and increased funding to the ongoing research taking place at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

The University of Colorado Cancer Center is located on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado, which boasts the most ambitious military-redevelopment project in American history.  The former Fitzsimons Army Base has been transformed into a sprawling 227-acre clinical, research and educational site for University of Colorado health programs.

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