A leading charity that specialises in fundraising for research to improve diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer has officially launched a branch in Northern Ireland.
Health Minister Edwin Poots welcomed the founder of the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund Maggie Blanks, and Susan Cooke from Dollingstown, to Parliament Buildings to hear how the charity assists with research into this disease, which often has a poor prognosis. Susan's husband Colin died from the disease last year.
The minister said: "PCRF's members work tirelessly in raising funds for research into pancreatic cancer.
"In Northern Ireland around 200 people die every year from pancreatic cancer. It is difficult to diagnose and treat successfully, mainly due to its non-specific symptoms or sudden onset of jaundice at a late stage."