Chicago, IL (PRWEB)
May 08, 2017
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly cancers, with a mere seven percent five-year survival rate. Early detection can significantly impact survival rates – which is why the Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation has introduced new, easy-to-use online tools to “Know Your Family” and “Know Your Risk.” Found at http://www.KnowMyRisk.org, the web tools are designed to assist individuals in understanding his or her family history and to help determine personal risk factors for the disease.
“Those who have had a family member diagnosed with pancreatic cancer understand: it’s personal. The timeframe from diagnosis to death is often very short, with little warning, creating a life-altering impact on the people who are able to survive and their families,” said Jim Rolfe, president of the board of directors for the Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. “Pancreatic cancer is treatable when caught early. The vast majority of cases are not diagnosed until it’s too late.”
Furthermore, the five-year survival rate rises from seven percent to 25 percent if pancreatic cancer is caught early. Because family history is a knowable risk factor for pancreatic cancer, the organization is calling on people to first know your family and then know your risk.
1. Know Your Family – Family history plays a big role in the early detection of pancreatic cancer. That’s why Rolfe has debuted a brand-new web tool to help individuals “Know Your Family.” The “Know Your Family” tool will help individuals, who may think there is a history of pancreatic cancer among immediate family members, determine their risk by walking through family histories with an easy-to-use, helpful “Know Your Family” worksheet. Understanding the medical histories of immediate family members is crucial to early detection. To download the…