SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – During a virtual South Plainfield Borough Council Meeting on Nov. 16, Mayor Matthew Anesh proclaimed Nov. 19, 2020 “World Pancreatic Cancer Day” in the Borough of South Plainfield. The call for awareness about the deadly cancer was brought to the attention of the borough by the Price Family several years ago. Bill Price, Janet Price, Tanner Price, Marge Price and Shea Price are South Plainfield residents who have become advocates for those suffering with pancreatic cancer and their families.  

Bill Price became a strong voice to spread awareness about pancreatic cancer, a disease he calls “truly lethal in nature,” after his father passed away. Their hope is that by raising awareness, supporting patients and their families, and raising funds to find a cure through both individual contributions and federal funding and legislation, hope can be found.

Anesh read the proclamation, adding statistics of the vast reach of the disease.

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“Whereas in 2020, an estimated 57,600 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States and 47,050 will die from the disease,” said Anesh.  “Whereas, pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers, is currently the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States and is projected to be the second leading cause around 2020.”

Anesh stated that pancreatic cancer is the only major cancer with a five-year survival rate, adding that symptoms present in the later stages, leaving little time for treatment. It is estimated that by the end of the year, 480,000 new cases of pancreatic will be diagnosed.

Pancreatic cancer is known as one of the most deadly cancers because it goes undetected until symptoms occur as the cancer progresses. Digestive issues, pain in the upper abdomen and back, jaundice, loss of appetite, and sudden weight loss are symptoms that initially bring people to their doctor. Anesh indicated that awareness is key.

“Whereas the good health and well-being of the residents of South Plainfield are enhanced as a direct result of increased awareness about the symptoms and risk of pancreatic cancer and research into early detection, causes, and effective treatments,” said Anesh.  “I, Matthew P. Anesh, Mayor of the Borough of South Plainfield, do hereby proclaim that November 19, 2020, to be ‘World Pancreatic Cancer Day’ in the Borough of South Plainfield.” 

The incidence of death rates due to pancreatic cancer is on the rise and there are currently no early detection tools or effective treatments. The Price family is part of the North Jersey affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a national organization creating hope through patient support, research, community outreach and by advocating for a cure. They urge everyone to visit www.pancan.org for more information about pancreatic cancer.