Member of the Month // Heartburn Cancer UK
Is it just heartburn or cancer of the oesophagus?
It is estimated that in the region of 500,000 people in the UK have the pre-cancerous condition, Barrett’s Oesophagus, and most are totally unaware of it. Around 10% (50,000) of those will progress to oesophageal cancer. Despite the best modern treatments survival from oesophageal cancer is appalling.
8000 people die per year in the UK, that’s 22 people a day.
Cancer of the Oesophagus is the sixth greatest cancer killer in the UK and we have the worst rates in the world. This is mainly due to a diagnosis being made when the condition is too advanced to be treated, as the preceding symptoms are few and often ignored.
Long Term Persistent Heartburn (lasting 3 or 4 weeks) is a significant symptom of Oesophageal Adenocarcinoma and Barrett’s Oesophagus. People self-medicate by buying antacids or Proton Pump Inhibitors – including Gaviscon and Rennies). The sale of antacids exceeds the sale of aspirin in the UK.
- Local support groups
Most people with Barrett’s oesophagus will never develop cancer. The important thing is to be tested and diagnosed. The outcome is so much better if diagnosed early.
For further information please visit Heartburn Cancer UK or call 01256 338 668