Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano joined with advocates this past week to commemorate World Diabetes Day – which seeks to raise awareness of the disease that affects nearly 200 children every day.
November is also National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month – recognizing an illness that is the 4th leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.
To promote awareness about Pancreatic Cancer, County Executive Mangano lit the dome of the Theodore Roosevelt County Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola, purple.
While it is a common cancer, it is very difficult to detect early and even more difficult to treat. The symptoms presented by pancreatic cancer are often very similar to that of many other illnesses, and they don’t always show until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage.
Survivors and volunteer from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PCAN),
An estimated 48,960 Americans will die of pancreatic cancer in 2015, approximately 3,340 of whom live in New York. Pancreatic cancer will afflict more than 40, 560 Americans, 73% of whom will die within one year of their diagnosis, and 93% of whom will die within five years of diagnosis. There will be an estimated 367,000 new pancreatic cancer cases diagnosed globally in 2015.
Only 7 percent of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will reach the 5 year survival rate. Although researchers are unsure as to what exactly causes pancreatic cancer, known risk factors of the disease have been identified such as smoking and diabetes.
Another day last week, County Executive Mangano joined officials from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), in illuminating the dome of the Building blue, to commemorate those who have been affected by diabetes and those who have lost their lives.
The key to surviving this chronic disease is management of the illness and living a healthy lifestyle. Healthy habits (good nutrition and exercise) help prevent type 2 diabetes and manage both type 1 and 2, expert say.
“To promote a healthy lifestyle here in Nassau County There are fitness trails throughout Eisenhower Park and during the summer months we provide Farmers Markets around the County,” Mangano told those gathered at the ceremony.
World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign of the diabetes world. It is celebrated on November 14th to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea, which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.