Johnson: Pancreatic cancer screening saves lives

State senator offers reminder during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

SPRINGFIELD – During Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, state Sen. Adriane Johnson reminds Illinois residents of the importance of cancer screenings and preventive measures.

“This month, as we remember those who have succumbed to the disease, it is necessary that we also remember to do our part and get screened,” said Johnson, D-Buffalo Grove. “Early detection is proven to increase the chances of survival.”

Last year, Johnson passed Senate Bill 968, which requires Illinois health insurance providers to cover medically necessary pancreatic cancer screenings. She has been a constant advocate of reminding people the importance of early detection of pancreatic cancer.

“As cases for pancreatic cancer continue to emerge, I will work diligently to ensure that Illinois residents have affordable and accessible screenings,” Johnson said. “Access to these screenings can be life changing.”

The number of new cases and deaths to pancreatic cancer continues to increase at a steady rate. In 2022, research estimates 62,210 new cases of pancreatic cancer will emerge in the U.S. and about 49,830 deaths. While some risk factors can be changed such as weight and smoking, other risks including age, family history and race cannot.

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