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We promote February Oesophageal Cancer Awareness Month and other campaigns to raise awareness of the health risk of persistent heartburn, channelling donations through the registered charity Barrett's Oesophagus Campaign.  

We all need acid in our stomachs for a healthy digestion, and the lining of the stomach is designed to cope with this acid.   But when the acid splashes up into the oesophagus, the food tube between the throat and the stomach where the lining is different, it often creates the pain known as heartburn.   Over the course of some years, the cells can start to change and can develop into a precursor for a cancer known as adenocarcinoma.

Action Against Heartburn is a campaign representing eighteen charities and organisations that aim to promote earlier diagnosis of oesophageal cancer.   Each year in the UK around 8,800 people are diagnosed with this disease and around 7,700 die from it.   Only 15% of adult oesophageal cancer patients survive for five years or more, but the outcomes are dramatically better for those who are diagnosed when the cancer is at its early stages.  

Adenocarcinoma (OAC) represents 70% of UK cases, and is associated with persistent heartburn, a precursor condition known as Barrett's Oesophagus (BO).   The UK is reported as having the highest rate of incidence of OAC in the world so it is important that we promote greater awareness of the symptoms.   We also promote awareness of radio frequency ablation, a procedure that can remove the cells affected by BO and can prevent the cancer occurring.

Charity No: 1127495

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