Ali Stunt tells her story of her fight against Pancreatic Cancer and how she survived. Thursday 16th November 2017 marks World Pancreatic Cancer Day https://pancreaticcanceraction.org/support-us/awareness-month/ A day where people around the world unite in the fight against one of the toughest cancers around. It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and educating people about the disease, as well as pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.
8.2 million people currently die from pancreatic cancer worldwide every year. 4 million die prematurely, mostly due to mis-diagnosis or late detection. Despite these shocking statistics, Pancreatic cancer is still chronically underfunded and this is reflected in the sobering survival rates of only 3-6%.
Ali Stunt, is one person that is lucky enough to fall into this slim percentage of survivors. Unlike 90% of the patients diagnosed with this illness, Ali’s early diagnosis allowed a life-saving operation. After a tough battle with life changing effects, Ali decided to make a real difference by setting up the first Pancreatic Cancer Awareness week in 2009. Her passion to encourage early diagnosis, prompted Ali to found Pancreatic Cancer Action (PCA) in August 2010. Ali is considered as a Key Opinion Leader and media spokesperson for pancreatic cancer, appearing on BBC Breakfast, ITV News and Newsnight.
Eight years on, Kingdom were privileged to document Ali’s story to share as part of this years World Pancreatic Cancer Day. Ali’s story is one of sheer determination, strength of character and survival. Her zest for life is an inspiration. We joined Ali at her Surrey home, where we also got to meet her beautiful dog Meg. Ali kindly opened up about her experiences with this disease and how she personally overcame it.
Filming at Ali’s office also gave us the opportunity to meet with her amazing and passionate team, following their vital work. Ali and her team continue to improve survival rates for this deadly disease by providing awareness campaigns, educational courses and funding research, which all contribute to early diagnosis.
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