Why awareness is needed

Cancer is responsible for 29% of long-term absenteeism in the workplace and can have real effect on whole organisation. It can also present challenges for friends, families, colleagues, and managers.  

According to Cancer Research UK, there were around 357,000 new cases of cancer in the UK in 2014 (that’s 980 cases diagnosed every day) and 100,000 of those diagnosed with cancer are of working age. Pancreatic cancer is currently the UK’s fifth biggest cancer killer and deaths are predicted to be 25% higher that breast cancer in the EU by 2025. 

With pancreatic cancer receiving less than 3% of government research funding and awareness of the disease being very low in the UK, knowing the signs and symptoms is vital to increasing early diagnosis and improving survival rates. Our Occupational Health takes action against these devastating statistics by highlighting the need for manager preparation and guiding people on their approach to helping someone with a cancer diagnosis.

There is a chronic lack of awareness of pancreatic cancer among the public and healthcare professionals:

  • According to a public awareness survey carried out by Research Now in February 2017, which was commissioned by us, just 6% of the UK public say they know a lot about pancreatic cancer and its symptoms.

  • A mere 3% of GPs admitted to feeling confident and informed about pancreatic cancer and its symptoms. This was according to a survey of 400 GPs carried out by Research Now in October 2015.

Book an Awareness Talk


About the talk:

By creating an informal setting and encouraging questions, the talks are always interactive and engaging. The talk will be given by our CEO and founder, Ali Stunt, who is a rare survivor of pancreatic cancer and can speak from personal experience. We can use interactive ‘clickers’ so the audience can take part in answering questions and see their answers on the slides in real time. 

The talk is usually around 1 hour, however, we can adjust the time to your specifications. There is no limit to how many people can come to the talk, the more the merrier! However, there are circumstances where we require a minimum number of attendees (this is usually based on location) of the talk as we are small charity based in Hampshire.  

Topics covered:

  • What pancreatic cancer is and what the pancreas does. 
  • The signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer. 
  • The importance of talking about pancreatic cancer. 
  • How to help someone you know going through a cancer diagnosis. 
  • The problems surrounding pancreatic cancer in the UK. 
  • How you can support Pancreatic Cancer Action. 

Is there a fee? 

All we ask is that our travel expenses are paid and any donation at your discretion would be very gratefully received.

Can’t book a talk but still want to help raise awareness? 

Holding an information stand can be an effective way to increase awareness of the disease. We can provide you with all the materials you will need including: public health information, posters, banners, balloons, leaflets and collection tins. On the form, simply select the ‘Hold an awareness stand option’.

Book an Awareness Talk

Get In Touch

If you would like to get in touch with Pancreatic Cancer Action, please email:  or call 0303 040 1770