Throughout November Twin Sails Bridge in Poole will be illuminated by purple lights in support of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
According to statistics from Pancreatic Cancer Action charity, public awareness levels about the disease across the UK are low, with over half of people knowing almost nothing.
By lighting up Twin Sails Bridge, simultaneously with other landmarks across the UK and the globe, BCP Council aims to draw attention to the disease locally and encourage residents who may have early signs or symptoms to speak to their GP.
In previous years, The National Theatre, the fountains in Trafalgar Square have been lit up purple during November.
Councillor Mike Greene, BCP Council’s Portfolio Holder Transport and Sustainability, said:
“The act of lighting up this recognisable local landmark is a powerful way to raise awareness, remember loved ones who have sadly died of the disease and celebrate the lives of survivors. Having been approached by local residents with this idea, I am pleased to be able to support this good cause and help put a spotlight on pancreatic cancer. I would also like to thank our engineers for installing these lights.’’
The pancreas is part of your digestive system. It produces pancreatic juice (a fluid containing enzymes to help you digest your food) and insulin (a hormone which controls the level of sugar in your blood).
The main symptoms of pancreatic cancer can include:
• The whites of your eyes or your skin turn yellow (jaundice), you may also have itchy skin, darker pee and paler poo than usual
• Loss of appetite or losing weight without trying to
• Feeling tired or having no energy
• A high temperature, or feeling hot or shivery
People are advised to speak to their GP if they experience any of these symptoms, especially if they change, get worse, or do not feel normal.
For more information, please visit the NHS information website.
This initiative supports part of the council’s vision in supporting fulfilled, healthy and independent lives.