Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday, October 13, 2022

In 2022, pancreatic cancer is one of the most dangerous cancers in Australia. 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. Presently, only 5% of patients respond to current treatment options, and only 80% of patients survive 6-12 months, making pancreatic cancer one of the most deadly cancers.

With less than 4 weeks until World Pancreatic Cancer Day and PanKind, in collaboration with other member organisations of the Australian Pancreatic Cancer Alliance, will be lighting up iconic venues across Australia to raise awareness and shine a light on the disease.

PanKind will be lighting up iconic landmarks across Australia purple during the month, and we'll soon be sharing more details about the locations and how you can play a part.

World Pancreatic Cancer Day

Held on November 17, 2022, 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, organisations around the world push to do more; to learn, to teach, to advocate more research funding and the world to take notice.

This year's theme is #ItsAboutTime- time to learn, to teach, to advocate for the medical community and the world to take notice. Because, when it comes to this deadly disease, it's all about time. This year, we are united in our commitment to accelerate progress in our fight against the world's toughest cancer, starting with earlier detection.

You can play a part

Alongside visiting our lights locations leading up to the day and on the day itself, you can fundraise directly towards medical research which is the key to lifting pancreatic cancer survival rates.

It's easy to raise awareness of the disease during November and especially on World Pancreatic Cancer Day on 17 November. Access resources and key messages to share during the month of November.

Each and every fundraising effort across our nation helps us achieve our mission of tripling pancreatic cancer survival rates and dramatically increasing the 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 here are some of our 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 17 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 on 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.