Like many millions of people around the world this morning I woke up to the sad news of Steve Jobs passing. He had a profound influence on the lives of so many people around the world and he will be sorely missed.
Just a few of the achievements that Steve will be remembered for: the ipod; the iphone, the ipad; turning around Apple after returning back to the Company; making Apple the most valued company in the world, and for also being so generous with his time for others and passing on his knowledge.
As CEO of Apple Mr. Jobs earned only $1 per year. However, he held over 5 million Apple Shares, as well as a substantial holding in Disney (after Disney took over Pixar) and Forbes estimated his wealth at over $8million – making him the 42nd wealthiest American.
- In 2008, 8,085 people in the UK were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
- 7,781 people in the UK died from pancreatic cancer in 2008
Spread the news about the risks of pancreatic Cancer and raise money for Cancer Care
We should now all take the opportunity to learn more about cancer care and to spread what we know about Pancreatic Cancer, and try to help raise some funds for Cancer care. Here are a some more facts that I learned this morning from Cancer UK, which shocked me:
Pancreatic cancer is the eleventh most common cancer in the UK.
- About 7,680 people were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007 in the UK, that’s around 21 people every day.
- Pancreatic cancer is the eleventh most common cancer in men, with around 3,750 new cases diagnosed in 2007 in the UK.
- About 3,940 women are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the UK in 2007, making it the eighth most common cancer in women.
- More than 8 in 10 pancreatic cancer cases occur in people aged 60 and over.
- Rates of pancreatic cancer in men have declined slightly since the 1970s.
- Pancreatic cancer rates in women have remained fairly constant since the 1970s.
- Worldwide, more than 270,000 people were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2008
Overall, pancreatic cancer has a poor prognosis. By the time someone has symptoms, goes to their doctor and is diagnosed, the disease is very often quite advanced.
- The one-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer has more than doubled since the 1970s, however the rate is still low with only around 16-17% surviving the disease.
- Younger pancreatic cancer patients have better survival rates than older patients.
- Around 3% of pancreatic cancer patients survive the disease for five years or more.
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Tributes have come from all around the world. Here is the full statement from President of the United States, Barack Obama:
“Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world and talented enough to do it.
By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the Internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grown-ups alike.
Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: He changed the way each of us sees the world.
The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife, Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.”
Gone but not be forgotten. #ThanksSteve
- Insanely Great: Tributes Abound For Steve Jobs (news.sky.com)
- Steve Jobs dies, aged 56 (techradar.com)
- Obama hails ‘visionary’ Steve Jobs (independent.co.uk)
- Why Is Pancreatic Cancer So Deadly? (scientificamerican.com)