The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is Saddened by the Death of NFL Hall of Fame Member Gene Upshaw

Friday, August 22, 2008 General News
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 21 The Pancreatic Cancer ActionNetwork (, the only national organization creating hopein a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreachand advocacy for a cure, is saddened by the loss of NFL Hall of Fame memberGene Upshaw.

"The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network offers its condolences to the Upshawfamily and the entire NFL community," said Julie Fleshman, President and CEO."I know personally the affects this disease has on a family and our thoughtsare with them during this difficult time."

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in theUnited States, yet is the most under-funded among leading cancer killers withless than 2% of the National Cancer Institutes annual research budget-a figurefar to low given the severity of the disease. The incidence among African-American's is 50-90% higher than any other ethnic group in the United States.

"Upshaw's diagnosis and passing reinforces the fact that something must bedone to give pancreatic cancer patients a fighting chance," added Fleshman."We urgently need the funding to find early detection methods, diagnostictools and ultimately a cure for this disease, which will claim 75% of patientsdiagnosed this year."

To address this disparity the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network launchedRaise the Cure, an unprecedented initiative that combines a commitment toraise $25 million in private funding with a call for the federal government todevote more attention and resources to finding a cure and treatments forpancreatic cancer. The federal component of the plan, called The NationalPlan to Advance Pancreatic Cancer Research, was developed by theorganization's esteemed Scientific Advisory Board, and is a detailed blueprintof the research and federal resources required to make true inroads in thisdisease.

To learn more about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, visit

About the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the only national organizationcreating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support,community outreach and advocacy for a cure. The organization raises money fordirect private funding of research-and advocates for more aggressive federalresearch funding of medical breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis andtreatment of pancreatic cancer.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network fills the void of information andoptions by giving patients and caregivers reliable, personalized informationthey need to make informed decisions. We create a sense of hope and communityso no one has to face pancreatic cancer alone. The organization helps supportindividuals and communities all across the country work together to raiseawareness and funds to find a cure for pancreatic cancer.Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), clickappropriate link.Julie Fleshman

SOURCE Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

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