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Mid Ulster Buildings Go Purple For Pancreatic Cancer

22 October 2015

Three landmark buildings in Mid Ulster will go purple next month to mark the beginning of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

The Burnavon in Cookstown, Ranfurly House in Dungannon and the Bridewell in Magherafelt will all be illuminated in purple from 1st November by Mid Ulster District Council, joining hundreds of other buildings nation-wide as part of Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Purple Lights for Hope awareness campaign.

The campaign presents an opportunity to celebrate the lives of loved ones dealing with a pancreatic cancer diagnosis and to remember those who have died of the disease, while also spreading a message of hope.

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Linda Dillon, said:

“Pancreatic cancer is a little-known disease and yet it is the fifth most common cause of all cancer deaths. We feel it’s important to help Pancreatic Cancer UK’s awareness-raising campaign and if by shining a light on the Burnavon, on Ranfurly House and on the Bridewell we can help to that, then we are very glad to be offering our support”.

Only around four per cent of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive five years or more. This figure has hardly changed in 40 years. It is the fifth most common cause of all cancer deaths in the UK and it is predicted that by 2030 pancreatic cancer will overtake breast cancer as the fourth most common cancer killer. 

Alex Ford, Chief Executive of Pancreatic Cancer UK said:

“Purple Lights for Hope presents a fantastic opportunity to raise crucial awareness of pancreatic cancer, which one person is diagnosed with in the UK every hour and has the lowest survival rate of all the 21 common cancers.

“On behalf of everyone at Pancreatic Cancer UK I would like to say a huge thank you to Mid Ulster District Council for helping us to spread our vital message of hope to people affected by the disease.”

To find out what other landmarks are lighting up this year, visit www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/purplelightsmap. To get involved in Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and order your free awareness pack, including purple glow sticks, visit www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/pcam.

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