(WASHINGTON) -- The widow of the late actor Patrick Swayze spoke on Capitol Hill Wednesday announcing the re-introduction of a bill to cut the mortality rate from pancreatic cancer, the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act.
Most patients afflicted with the disease die within a year. Lisa Niemi Swayze says there must be early detection and better treatment to give patients more hope. "A lot of these cancers that have seen such incredible progress over the last twenty years or so have done so because they had survivors championing their causes - and pancreatic cancer can't boast that kind of alumni."
Swayze died in 2009, nearly 22 months after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The disease is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. and is relatively underfunded. There is no cure or early detection.
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