More than 57,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year, and over 1,000 of those new cases will affect people living in South Carolina. As the state's third leading cause of cancer death, this disease is expected to take the lives of more than 800 South Carolinians in 2020.
This year, TV legend and Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, civil rights icon John Lewis and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be counted among the 47,000 Americans killed by pancreatic cancer, serving as a stark reminder that no one is immune.
Because pancreatic cancer is seldom diagnosed until it has reached a later stage, spreading awareness and education of this cancer type is crucial to improving outcomes for patients living with this complex disease. That's why days like today, which is World Pancreatic Cancer Day, are so important to highlight this aggressive and often overlooked cancer type.
By bringing together the best minds across a variety of scientific and clinical disciplines and supporting young investigators, MUSC Hollings Cancer Center is dedicated to getting the latest research advances into the clinic as quickly as possible to improve treatments and outcomes for patients affected by this devastating disease. Check out this video to learn more about how Hollings is fighting back against pancreatic cancer.