World Pancreatic Cancer Day

Thursday, November 17, 2022

On November 17, 2022 and throughout the month of November, we invite Canadians from coast to coast to join us in demanding Survival Not Sympathy for pancreatic cancer patients and their loved ones. 

World Pancreatic Cancer Day








What is World Pancreatic Cancer Day?

Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer related death in Canada with a mortality rate of 90%.Unfortunately, these statistics have only seen marginal change in recent years as this disease continues to be overlooked and underfunded. It’s about time we raise the rate of survival in pancreatic cancer, and we need your support to do so.

World Pancreatic Cancer Day is an annual global event on the third Thursday of November.  Around the globe, people will collectively raise awareness, stand together in hope and remembrance, and raise a united voice to demand better for those affected by this disease.


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.

Purple Lights Across Canada

Hover over the dot on the map to learn where and when to see purple lights thoughout the month of November.


How You Can Get Involved

In order to spread awareness about pancreatic cancer risk factors and symptoms to more Canadians this World Pancreatic Cancer Day, we need your help. There are so many ways you can participate, share potentially life-saving knowledge, and connect with a community of others at home and around the world to demand better for pancreatic cancer patients and their loved ones. 

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 hashtags #WorldPancreaticCancerDay and #SurvivalNotSympathy.  
  • Start a Conversation – Utilize social media to start a conversation about pancreatic cancer with your circles. 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 – On World Pancreatic Cancer Day, during awareness month, or any other time of year, you can 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 – Help us raise visibility for this disease by giving to Pancreatic Cancer Canada today. 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. 

Contact Us

Do you have plans for World Pancreatic Cancer Day or want to be involved but don’t know where to start? We’re here to help. 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.

Connect with us and our community online.

Thank you!

We couldn’t reach as many Canadians or people around the world without dedicated supporters like you who are motivated to demand better for pancreatic cancer patients and their loved ones. Thank you for taking the time and making the effort to create awareness of this disease. Your participation is critical to our goal, and might just save a life. 


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”.

Pancreatic Cancer Advocate Videos 

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