File #: RS2022-1853    Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 10/24/2022 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 11/1/2022 Final action: 11/1/2022
Title: A resolution recognizing November 2022 as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
Sponsors: Angie Henderson, Jeff Syracuse, Tom Cash, Bob Mendes, Kevin Rhoten, Brett Withers, Sandra Sepulveda, Gloria Hausser, Joy Styles, Burkley Allen, Ginny Welsch, Bob Nash, Courtney Johnston, Freddie OConnell, Russ Pulley, Tanaka Vercher, Erin Evans, Kathleen Murphy, Sharon Hurt, Larry Hagar, Zulfat Suara, Colby Sledge, Brandon Taylor, Delishia Porterfield, Emily Benedict
A resolution recognizing November 2022 as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

WHEREAS, November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, an annual month-long opportunity to educate communities, shine a light on this disease, and emphasize the importance of early detection; and

WHEREAS, the pancreas has two main functions: it makes enzymes that help with digestion, and it makes hormones such as insulin, which controls how the body stores and uses glucose, the body's main source of energy; and

WHEREAS, there are two forms of pancreatic cancer: exocrine pancreatic cancer, which accounts for approximately 95% of all cases, and endocrine or pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, also called islet cell tumors; and

WHEREAS, this year, The American Cancer Society estimates that 62,210 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 49,830 people will die from pancreatic cancer; and

WHEREAS, pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers, and it is currently the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States; and

WHEREAS, the cause of most pancreatic cancer cases is unknown, but there is evidence that age, obesity, family history, smoking, diabetes, and chronic pancreatitis can increase the risk of pancreatic cancer; and

WHEREAS, symptoms of pancreatic cancer can often be vague and may at first appear to be associated with other less serious and more common conditions; and

WHEREAS, symptoms can include stomach pain, unexplained weight loss, loss of appetite, nausea, mid-back pain, jaundice, indigestion, and new-onset diabetes; and

WHEREAS, early detection and preventative measures such as not smoking, staying at a healthy weight, and limiting alcohol can save lives; and

WHEREAS, pancreatic cancer is often described as a silent killer because an early detection test does not exist and there are few treatment options. A majority of patients are diagnosed at a late stage where survival rates fall to 3%; and


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