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Ben's boogie to fund vital research into pancreatic cancer
RESEARCH into a rare cancer will get a funding boost after a special gig.
Pan Pals, a support group for people affected by pancreatic cancer, will present Ben Waters at Herrison Hall in Charminster on Saturday, November 16.
Founding committee member Lynda Pain, from Dorchester, lost her husband to pancreatic cancer in 2011.
She, along with others who had lost loved ones to the disease, set up Pan Pals in March 2012.
Since then they have raised thousands of pounds with events such as an open garden, auction and a quiz night.
Lynda said: “The concert coincides with Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Week and all the profits will go to Pancreatic Cancer UK’s research into the disease.
“Pan Pals offers support to those affected by pancreatic cancer. Firstly, we offer a listening ear for anyone that cares for someone with it, or is affected by it.
“The second service we offer is physical support – any problems people have, we do our best to help them through those.
“We are providing an important service. We’ve raised £10,000 since we started last year.”
The group has distributed leaflets to Dorset’s three main hospitals to let people who want support know they are there if needed.
The committee is made up of six people who have all been affected by pancreatic cancer, including Audrey Saunders.
Tickets for the gig cost £20 and include a supper and are available from Dorchester Tourist Information Centre or by calling Audrey on 01258 837770 or 01305 267185.
Pancreatic cancer - symptoms of illness
Pancreatic cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the pancreas grow out of control.
It can occur in the head, body or tail of the pancreas.
Pancreatic cancers are divided in to two main groups – exocrine and endocrine tumours.
Symptons can be very vague and depend on where the tumour is in the pancreas.
The most common are:
- Abdominal pain – a symptom in about 70 percent of cases
- Jaundice – occurs in about 90 percent of cases
- Weight loss Others include: Bowel problems, nausea and vomiting, fever and shaking and diabetes.
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