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November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month: Like the Fight

To the editor:

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and I am proud to say that I “Like the Fight” against the fourth-leading cause of cancer death in the United States. We are fighting alongside the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, whose mission is to advance research, support patients and create hope for all those affected by this devastating disease.

I lost my husband Mike to pancreatic cancer in June 2012, just eight short months after his diagnosis. My family and I continue to support Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and participate in their events, as a way to keep Mike’s legacy and memory alive, as well as raising awareness and honoring those currently battling this cancer.

Mayor Sara Carlson signed a Proclamation on October 28, making November Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in Alexandria to boost the awareness of this cancer.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers. It’s anticipated to move from the fourth to the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. by 2020, and possibly as early as 2015. It has the lowest five-year relative survival rate of all major cancers, at just 6 percent. Pancreatic cancer is a leading cause of cancer death largely because there are no good early detection tools or effective treatment options.

On November 22, I will join thousands across the country for “Purple With a Purpose,” where I will wear purple to honor my husband and all those who have been touched by this disease, as part of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

Join me, and “Like the Fight.” Please visit to take action today. Together we can make a difference.

Kathy McGinn Alexandria, MN