The St George Illawarra Dragons will proudly be wearing #PurpleOurWorld socks to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer during their fixture against the Newcastle Knights at UOW Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Saturday, September 3.
The Dragons, who will wear #PurpleOurWorld socks for the second season, have been personally affected by pancreatic cancer with halfback Benji Marshall losing his father seven years ago.
Awareness of pancreatic cancer, long-understood as a silent killer, has been minimal yet, in 2016, more than 3000 cases of pancreatic cancer will be diagnosed in Australia.
It’s projected that over 2800 people will not survive.
Around the world more than 330,000 people will die from pancreatic cancer each year.
Only 6.8% of patients live beyond five years after diagnosis. This number has only slightly improved over the past 30 years.
Pancreatic cancers are the fifth most common cause of cancer-related deaths in Australia.
Pancreatic cancer receives less than 2% of overall cancer research funding.
The average survival is just six months.
#PurpleOurWorld, together with the St George Illawarra Dragons are hoping to change these statistics.
November: Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
November 17: World Pancreatic Cancer Day