In case you didn’t know, November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month (PCAM) with national pancreatic cancer awareness day being held on the 17th of November. Once again, we have joined forces with PCUK for their purple lights for hope campaign, which shines a spotlight on pancreatic cancer and all the people it affects.
Statistics show that one person every hour dies from pancreatic cancer, making this disease the UK’s 5th biggest cancer killer. With a worse survival rate than any of the United Kingdom’s 21 most common cancers, less than 5% of patients will survive for longer than 5 years after being diagnosed with the disease. Despite these shocking statistics, the survival rates have remained virtually unchanged for the past 40 years! Whilst mortality rates for most cancers are falling, those for pancreatic cancer are rising.
For the last few years, huge landmarks such as the Blackpool Tower, Edinburgh Castle, Trafalgar square, the SSE Hydro in Glasgow and the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth have all been lit up in purple to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer. But we want to help them in making this year even bigger still and the best way to do that is through you! You know what they say “charity starts at home” and, in this case, it couldn’t be more true. If you or someone you love has been affected by Pancreatic cancer, or you just want to get involved and show your support for the cause, you can go over to purplelightsuk.org or pancreaticcancer.org.uk to find out more about what you can do and what landmarks in your area are already involved and how you can get involved. But, before you do, you should take a look at our purple lights category, as for the next two months we will be donating 10% of all proceeds made from the sales of these selected purple lights.
You don’t have to light up a massive landmark, you can simply show your support by lighting up your home or garden with a little bit of purple. So, let’s get filling up those online shopping baskets from the 1st of October to the 30th of November and start raising some much needed awareness and money for this worthy cause.