Wear purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Did you know that more patients die from pancreatic cancer than breast cancer?

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, a time to reflect on the sobering statistics involving the disease.

Only 8 percent of Americans diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive more than five years.

Pancreatic cancer recently moved from the fourth to the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. By 2020, it could move up to second.

In 2016, an estimated 53,070 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States. About 41,780 will die from the disease.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network asks that people wear purple for the month of November to show their support for finding a cure.