Mr. PAULSEN. Madam Speaker, I rise today for the 44,030 Americans who will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year and also for the 600 Minnesotans in my own community who, sadly, lost their lives in their fight against this devastating disease in 2010.
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. This little-understood disease is the number four killer in the United States and the only one in the top four which does not have a known cure. Of all of the cancers tracked by both the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute, pancreatic cancer has the lowest relative survival rate.
Over the past 5 years, more than 210,000 individuals have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and over 92 percent of those diagnosed have passed away during the first year of their diagnosis. These numbers are simply unacceptable.
To help find a cure, researchers must have the tools they need to learn more about this disease. That's why I've supported legislation that provides funding for assistance and education around pancreatic cancer across our country.
Madam Speaker, pancreatic cancer is one of the few cancers for which survival rates have not improved substantially over the past 40 years. By volunteering and supporting research, we can do a lot to defeat this debilitating disease.