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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-01259

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month 2021

Submitted by: Clare Adamson, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Thursday, September 16, 2021

Supported by: Karen Adam, Alasdair Allan, Jackie Baillie, Colin Beattie, Sarah Boyack, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Stephanie Callaghan, Donald Cameron, Finlay Carson, Foysol Choudhury, Katy Clark, Willie Coffey, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Natalie Don, James Dornan, Sharon Dowey, Annabelle Ewing, Joe FitzPatrick, Kenneth Gibson, Pam Gosal, Christine Grahame, Emma Harper, Fiona Hyslop, Bill Kidd, Douglas Lumsden, Fulton MacGregor, Gillian Mackay, Ruth Maguire, Gillian Martin, John Mason, Stuart McMillan, Marie McNair, Jenni Minto, Paul O'Kane, Mark Ruskell, Colin Smyth, Alexander Stewart, Paul Sweeney, David Torrance, Annie Wells, Tess White
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, November 17, 2021

That the Parliament acknowledges that November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and that 18 November 2021 is World Pancreatic Cancer Day; understands that pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive and least survivable forms of cancer, with more than half of people diagnosed with it dying within three months; further understands that pancreatic cancer can affect anyone, but that it is subject to multiple inequalities with poorer outcomes for certain communities and those living in more deprived areas; understands that survival rates have remained almost static for the last 50 years; highlights the importance of early diagnosis and intervention; notes the view that raising public awareness of key symptoms of pancreatic cancer is vital to that aim; understands that key symptoms of pancreatic cancer include abdominal or back pain or discomfort, unexplained weight loss or a loss of appetite, yellowing of the skin or eyes and/or itchy skin, a change in bowel habits, nausea or vomiting, and indigestion that does not respond to treatment; commends all of the charities and activist organisations and their dedicated supporters for their tireless efforts to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer, and wishes everyone involved with Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month every success in their endeavours.