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will recognize Nov. 17 as “World Pancreatic Cancer Day.”
regular meeting last week, the Teton County Board of County Commissioners
approved a resolution to bring awareness to the issue of pancreatic cancer,
which this year surpassed breast cancer to become the third leading cause of
cancer-related death in the United States.
“In 2016, an
estimated 53,070 people in the United States will be diagnosed with pancreatic
cancer, one of the deadliest cancers, and 41,780 will die from the disease,” states
the resolution, which Commissioner Smokey Rhea read into the public record.
health and well-being of the residents in Teton County, Wyoming, are enhanced
as a direct result of increased awareness about pancreatic cancer and research
into early detection, causes and effective treated,” according to the
In a letter
to commissioners supporting the Pancreatic Cancer Day designation, Lisa
Carranza, a Teton County resident and Wyoming community advocate for the
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, said that she lost both her brother and
mother to disease.
was 51 years old when he died. He left a wife and two kids still in college.
This was a devastating blow to our family,” Carranza wrote. “My mother died of
pancreatic cancer three years later. This was totally unexpected and equally
said that 71 percent of people afflicted with pancreatic cancer will die within
one year of their diagnosis, and 92 percent will die within five years of their
Thursday, Nov. 17, will offer an opportunity to reflect on the impact the
deadly disease has on our community, Commission Vice-Chair Mark Newcomb said.
day, we can think about anyone we know who might have or has dealt with pancreatic
cancer,” Newcomb said.