Be Clear on Oesophageal Cancer
Cancer teams at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust are supporting a national Be Clear on Cancer campaign.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of oesophageal cancer (cancer of the gullet / foodpipe) and stomach cancer.
Doctors and nurses specialising in gastro-intestinal care will be urging people to tell their doctor if they’ve had heartburn most days for three weeks or more, or if they have difficulty swallowing food. The specialist team will be holding an information stand on 23, 24 and 25 February at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.
Around 12,900 people are diagnosed with oesophageal or stomach cancer in England each year and these cancers cause around 10,200 deaths annually. This needn’t be the case - knowing what to look out for could save lives.
Shirley Hughes, upper gastro-intestinal clinical nurse specialist said “Being aware of possible symptoms of oesophageal and stomach cancers, such as heartburn most days for three weeks or more, is really important. People shouldn’t learn to live with it - they should tell their doctor.
“It’s probably nothing serious, but if there is something wrong, then finding it early makes it more treatable.”
For further information about the signs and symptoms of oesophageal and stomach cancers, stop by information stands at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch from 23 to 26 February or visit nhs.uk/ogcancer.