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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.


Key Dates:

November: Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

November 17: World Pancreatic Cancer Day