18 Nov 2016, World Pancreatic Cancer Day

Pancreatic cancer is an incredibly aggressive disease–with an 8% survival rate that hasn’t changed in more than 30 years. When my husband Alma was diagnosed twelve years ago, he was given three months to live; he actually made it 9 1/2 months. The tumors had spread to his liver, his spleen, and finally to his esophagus.

Now, this third most fatal cancer still gives 75% of patients 3-6 months from diagnosis. Some do last longer–Patrick Swayze survived for 22 months.

On the horizon is the hope of tailor-made treatment based on the DNA of each individual. Costly medicine and even so the hope of those who need it. What can you and I do to help–visit http://PanCAN.org

Your favorite genealogist, Arlene Eakle http://arleneeakle.com

PS Farmers are especially vulnerable because of the pesticides used to control bugs and weeds. We have gone organic on our farm–took three years to make the change. And how glad I am that my sons and grandsons do not continue to have the daily exposure to those devastating chemicals.

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