Tulsans part of nationwide pancreatic cancer awareness effort

TULSA - People across the country are wearing purple to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.

Friday morning, at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa some Doctors, nurses, survivors and those who want to call attention to the disease gather together.

They say the five-year survival rate for those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer is only six percent.

That number hasn't changed in 40 years.

"Forty-two thousand people will be diagnosed this year. Seventy-five percent of those people die in the first year," said Brandy Glick, whose husband died from the disease.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is trying to change that by raising awareness and increasing funding for research.

The goal is to double the five-year survival rate by the year 2020.

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