Gov. Jay Nixon joined a Missouri Pancreatic Cancer survivor this evening to throw out the ceremonial first pitch ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals game as part of the Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Night at Busch Stadium. A portion of all ticket sales from tonight's game benefits pancreatic cancer research through the not-for-profit Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
Gov. Nixon shakes hands with pancreatic cancer survivor Jim Edmonds at Busch Stadium. The Governor was at Busch Stadium on Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Night to sign House Bill 68, designating November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in Missouri.
Before throwing out the pitch, Gov. Nixon was joined by cancer survivors, representatives from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Cardinals President Bill DeWitt and members of the Cardinals baseball organization, to sign House Bill 68 which designates the month of November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in the state of Missouri.
"Pancreatic Cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in Missouri and the United States, and impacts families throughout Missouri," Gov. Nixon said. "By raising awareness of this deadly disease, we hope to improve the survival rate of Missourians afflicted with Pancreatic Cancer by increasing early detection and treatment."
HB 68 designates the month of November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in the state of Missouri to increase public understanding of the disease, including its prevalence, approaches to screening and prevention, and treatment options.
According to a recent report by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, by the year 2020, pancreatic cancer will move from the fourth leading cause of cancer death to the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
In Missouri, on average, about 700 new cases of Pancreatic Cancer are diagnosed each year. In 2012, 782 Missourians died from Pancreatic Cancer.