Pancreatic Cancer Touches The Black Community, Too

A senior man smilingWhat is pancreatic cancer? Celebrities such as Aretha Franklin, James Moody and Reverend James Bevel have all helped raise the awareness of pancreatic cancer in the Black community.

The survival rate of pancreatic cancer is dismal to begin with. Only 1 of 4 people with pancreatic cancer survive one year past diagnosis. Five years out, only 1 of every 20 are still alive. And, the black community is harder hit.

Black men and women are more likely to develop this relatively rare cancer than other groups, with black men having the worst survival rate (Surprisingly, for unknown reasons, the survival rate of black women is the same as white men and women).

Despite its impact, few have ever heard about the disease prior to Jobs’ death. So, here’s the low-down on this not so often discussed condition.

Who gets pancreatic cancer?