November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Why Do We Recognize Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month?

The five-year relative survival rate is 10%. That means that 90% of Canadians diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will die. Pancreatic cancer is currently the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Canada, yet it continues to be underfunded, overlooked, and outpaced in research. 

Pancreatic Cancer Canada is committed to raising the survival rate through investments in research, increased awareness, and specialized care and support for patients and their families. 

The Worldwide Movement


with over 80 organizations committed to fighting this disease.


coming together to encourage education and awareness on this and every day.


to raise awareness of risk factors and symptoms to save more lives.

What is World Pancreatic Cancer Day?

World Pancreatic Cancer Day is an annual global event on November 21, 2024. It’s a day to raise awareness, honour those we’ve lost, and demand improved survival rates for those facing the world’s toughest cancer.

World Pancreatic Cancer Day 2024








Purple Lights Across Canada

Landmarks across the country will be illuminated purple in honour of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

Hover over the dot on the map to learn where and when to see purple lights throughout the month of November. Use the zoom in/out function on the bottom left to see more locations.

Want to see your city/town on our map? Contact Victoria Izzio-Meloche, Digital Communications Specialist at

How Can I Get Involved?

There are so many ways you can participate, share potentially life-saving knowledge, and connect with a community of people impacted by the disease to demand better for pancreatic cancer patients and their loved ones. 

Follow Us On Social Media

Here are a few ways you can participate:


  • Share On Social – Whether you’re wearing purple in a selfie, or sharing the landmarks lit purple in your city; we want to see what this day means to you. Post your photos on social media using the hashtag #SurvivalNotSympathy.  
  • Start a Conversation – Share your story on social media and get your network talking about pancreatic cancer. You can share your own story related to pancreatic cancer, posts from our social media pages, or awareness materials from our resources library (available below).
  • Engage Your Community – Ask your town or city to make a Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month proclamation during council proceedings to officially recognize this disease and its significance for members of the community. You can also ask local businesses to display a poster with the signs and symptoms or fact sheet in their window (available below). 
  • Host a Fundraiser – Create an event in your community to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer and funds to advance advocacy, support services and innovative research. Learn more.
  • Donate – Your gift will help support research, awareness initiatives and collaborative advocacy partnerships that spark a conversation and educate the public on a national and international scale. Give today.

Join Our 90km Move Challenge on Facebook

It’s simple… Take on 90kms in November. Raise funds.

It’s the least we can do for the 90% of people who don’t survive a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

Support Our Partners

“My Why…”

Throughout the month of November, we will be sharing videos from our community with the theme of “My Why…”.

We invite you to share your personal motivation for demanding change in pancreatic cancer outcomes for a chance to be featured on our website and social media.

Ready to share your story with us?

Contact Victoria Izzio-Meloche, Digital Communications Specialist at for more details.

Watch the videos below to hear from our community members:

Downloadable Resources

You can use any of the below images when sharing with others and spreading the word about pancreatic cancer risk factors and symptoms. Simply select the image, right-click, and choose “Save Image As”.

Social Media Profile Graphics

Contact Us

Do you have plans for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, or want to be involved but don’t know where to start? We’re happy to brainstorm with you, provide resources and answer any questions you might have.

Contact Victoria Izzio-Meloche, Digital Communications Specialist at or (416) 548-8077.

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