COLUMBUS– The Ohio Senate today unanimously approved  Senator Kevin Bacon's (R–Minerva Park) initiative to declare the month of November as “Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.”

“It is estimated than more than 45,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year alone,” said Bacon. “By passing this resolution, we can help raise awareness for this disease and hopefully, save more Ohioans.”

In 2013, it is estimated that 1,760 people will be diagnosed with this deadly disease, and an additional 1,620 Ohioans will die from pancreatic cancer during the same calendar year.

Nationally, pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths and is the only major cancer with a five-year survival rate in the single digits.

Pancreatic cancer is particularly difficult to detect as the symptoms are commonly mistaken for other ailments. This results in the disease going undetected in many cases until the late or end stages.

The resolution will now proceed to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.

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