Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Friday, October 30, 2020

Pancreatic cancer is now predicted to become the third leading cause of cancer death in Australia this year. Pancreatic cancer is not a rare disease, it claims as many lives as breast cancer each year and yet there is a lack of public knowledge and research funding.

Survival rates in prostate, breast and skin cancers are now over 90% and this can be directly attributed to investment in medical research. A person diagnosed with pancreatic cancer today has only a 10.7% chance of being alive in 5 years.

It's time.... to shine a light on pancreatic cancer

November is recognised globally as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and is an important time of year for communities to raise awareness of the disease, celebrate survivors and honour loved ones.

We are proud to stand alongside global like-minded organisations as part of The World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition, which of more than 95 organizations from over 35 countries and six continents who elevate global awareness, inspire action, and bring greater attention to the disease to ultimately improve outcomes.

On a local level, PanKind are committed to increasing awareness and raising funds to channel into cutting-edge medical research at the top institutions around the country. Our supporters can all play a key role in this process by helping raise critical funds and sharing key messages during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

World Pancreatic Cancer Day

Held on November 19, 2020, World Pancreatic Cancer Day brings people around the world together to highlight the need for greater awareness, funding and research for pancreatic cancer.

World Pancreatic Cancer Day is our moment to learn more about the risks and symptoms of pancreatic cancer and on this day, organisation around the world push to do more; to learn, to teach, to advocate more research funding and the world to take notice.

You can play a part

It’s simple – fundraising fuels medical research which is the key to lifting pancreatic cancer survival rates.

Each and every fundraising effort across our nation helps us achieve our mission of tripling pancreatic cancer survival rates and dramatically increasing quality of life for patients and their families.

There are so many ways you can easily raise funds for pancreatic cancer research, the opportunities are endless, but we have some ideas:

  • Healthy lifestyle challenge – Join a run, swim or cycle challenge, or make a positive lifestyle change for 30 days.
  • Create a tribute or in-memory page for a loved one
  • Host a morning tea on World Pancreatic Cancer Day on 19 November
  • Hold a “Bake-a-thon” at work and ask colleagues if they can contribute
  • Organise a #PlayinPurple Golf day at your local club
  • Host a pancreatic cancer BBQ fundraiser for friends or family
  • Corporate team building – Educate your work mates pancreatic cancer while doing something fun
  • Book or garage sale – clear out your unwanted items and donate the proceeds to pancreatic cancer research. Everyone wins!

Contact us at for more information, fundraising ideas and to obtain a ‘Community Fundraising Agreement’ form.