Warren Township was honored for participating in a statewide effort to increase pancreatic cancer awareness, after declaring November Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
The proclamation came at the Nov. 10 Township Committee meeting, with a copy given to Todd Cohen, a representative of the Northern New Jersey Affiliate of the Pancreatic Action Network.
“The Northern New Jersey Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network would like to thank the leaders in Warren for recognizing November as National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month,” Cohen said. “With the continued support we will work towards increasing federal funding and local awareness for this terrible disease.”
The group notes that research dedicated to pancreatic cancer currently receives about 2 percent of the federal dollars distributed
by the National Cancer Institute, and there is no long-term and comprehensive strategy in place to improve survival. The Pancreatic Cancer
Research & Education Act (S.362/H.R.733), introduced in the House by Rep. Leonard Lance, R-16th, and Rep. Anna
Eshoo, D-Calif., will ensure that the NCI develops a long-term comprehensive strategic plan for developing early diagnostics and treatment options that will increase the survival rate for pancreatic cancer patients.
The group seeks to offer hope to some of the estimated 44,030 people who will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States, "in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure," according to a press release from the group. The township proclamation noted 37,660 will die from the disease—including about 1,140 in New Jersey.
For more information on the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, visit the group's website.