Purple Lights for Hope

- September 18th, 2017

November 1, 2015 all-day
The Ashton Memorial

THE colour purple will reign over Lancaster this Sunday (November 1) when the Ashton Memorial and City Museum light up to raise awareness of Pancreatic Cancer.

Lancaster City Council has agreed to take part in the Purple Lights for Hope campaign, an event organised by the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK to highlight a disease many people know very little about.

On November 1 the Ashton Memorial and City Museum will join landmarks across the UK and be lit purple in support.

Coun Karen Leytham said: “The city council is delighted to be able to support this very good cause. One person dies from pancreatic cancer every hour and it is the fifth biggest cancer killer, yet despite this knowledge of the disease and its symptoms remains low.

“Hopefully by joining this campaign we can help to start to change that and encourage people to seek out information which could prove life-saving.”

Pancreatic cancer has the worst survival outcome of any of the 21 most common cancers, with less than 4% of patients surviving five years or longer. These shockingly low survival rates have remained virtually unchanged for the past 40 years and, whilst mortality rates for most cancers are falling, those for pancreatic cancer are rising.

To find out more about the Purple Lights for Hope campaign visit www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/purplelights.