Today is the first ever Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day. Co-founder of Pancreatic Cancer Canada, Laurie Ellies says not-for-profit groups around the world came together because not enough people know about the disease.

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Ellies says a new treatment drug has just been launched, which is what sparked the need for an awareness day.

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According to Pancreatic Cancer Canada, 80 per cent of patients have a life expectancy of four to six months. Ellies says the group wants to raise more awareness to show how under-funded and under-recognized this disease is. She says pancreatic cancer receives 2 per cent of overall cancer research funding.

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To find out how you can help, visit their website by clicking here. You can find links to their social media sites below to help spread the word.