Volunteers all over the country launched an annual fundraising drive for cancer research this week. The goal is to raise NOK 45 million for more research into some of the deadliest forms of the disease like cancer of the pancreas, liver and gall bladder.
Among those pushing for more funding for pancreatic cancer research is Jan Egeland, the former diplomat who now heads the Norwegian Refugee Council. Egeland’s wife Anne Kristin Sydnes died at the age of 60, after being diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas in 2014. He told newspaper Dagsavisen how helpless he and his grown daughters felt, not least after discovering how other forms of cancer get far more attention and funding.
The Norwegian Cancer Association is thus aiming for more research into the more difficult and often more fatal forms of cancer that lag behind in funding for it. Around 34,000 Norwegians are diagnosed with cancer every year, and more than 25,000 people will be out this week ringing doorbells and soliciting donations for the effort called Krafttak mot kreft.